What are your lead times? 

Typically we require a 14 day lead time as we would be growing these up fresh.  Orders placed in advance of our required lead time are greatly appreciated. If you need yeast more quickly it does not hurt to inquire as we can sometimes shorten that lead time with our more popular strains.

What about bacteria?

RVA 600 is our lone bacterial offering.  It is a pure culture of Lactobacillus rhamnosus which has been shown in clinical studies to have many beneficial effects when ingested. These are homofermentative (only produces lactic acid, no carbon dioxide or ethanol) and are hop-sensitive.  They respond well to kettle souring applications and decrease pH quickly in temperatures from 90 to 110 degrees F producing a pleasant perceived sourness that is clean and bright.  RVA 600 works well as a component in barrel and bulk aging applications as well.

What about blends?

We are always happy to create custom blends for mixed fermentations or other applications.  Just let us know what you are interested and we can work together to create your unique blend.

Do you offer strain banking?

Yes! We will isolate a pure culture from your sample of yeast and keep it under ideal conditions in our negative 80°C Ultra-Low Freezer.  We can then propagate your banked strain at your request and charge our standard rate. Contact us for more information or to request sampling and packaging supplies should you need them. The cost is $50 initially. A yearly maintenance charge will only be levied if you have not ordered your banked strain within a year.
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