Its hard to believe, but the first video of what would eventually morph into my “Your Home Yeast Lab Made Easy” video series was posted over 8 years ago. I prepared that video for my homebrew club, the London Homebrewers Guild, as I had begun providing yeast from my yeast bank. Few of the club members at that time were doing stirred starters, and needed a simple guide on how to step-up those small cultures to useable amounts of yeast. Here’s this video, presented here in all of its 2013 glory:
The Inspiration for the New Video Series
Soon after this first video I began the “Your Home Yeast Lab Made Easy” series. This series proved to be hugely popular, with many videos reaching over 20,000 views. They remain popular today, and I continue to get a number of questions about these methods in the video comments. I still strive to answer those questions – so ask away!
But a lot has changed since those days. Back then, it was very hard for the average person to get their hands on basic microbiology equipment. And if you could find it, it was expensive. Home sterilization was awkward, requiring stove-top pressure cookers and a lot of attention. Today, between Amazon and Ali Express, decent quality lab-style equipment is available for cheap. Electronic pressure cookers make home sterilization effortless and automated. And 3D printing allows us to make lab equipment for a few tens of dollars that would be hundreds – if not thousands – of dollars to buy.
So over the past few months I’ve been outlining and scripting a new video series, focusing on how these simple and easily accessible tools can be used to improve your home lab. Some of these videos will be “remakes” of the old series, but using better tools. Other videos will demonstrate new methods that are possible thanks to the availability of these tools.
What to Expect
As with the original series, my plan for this new series is for it to be open-ended, adding videos as they are ready. At this time I have 11 video’s planned, but I am happy to add additional videos and topics if anyone has questions or ideas that they would like covered. At this time the planned episodes are:
- Episode 1: What’s New in Home Microbiology in the 2020’s.
- Episode 2: Bunsen Burners and Advanced Aseptic Techniques.
- Episode 3: Using Instapots for Sterilization in Your Lab.
- Episode 4: Improved Homemade Agar Plates.
- Episode 5: Specialized Homemade Media – Selective & Differential Media.
- Episode 6: Specialized Homemade Media – pH Sensitive Media.
- Episode 7: Serial Dilutions & Spread Plates.
- Episode 8: DIY Incubators & Advanced Culture Approaches
- Episode 9: DIY Centrifuges & Large-Scale Yeast Banking.
- Episode 10: Purifying Mixed/Contaminated Cultures.
- Episode 11: Killer Yeast Assay
First episodes should launch this June!