While I am not sure where my preference for White Labs pitchable vials came from for a brewing yeast, but I have acumulated quite a pile of empty tubes. Perhaps it is that they had the term “San Francisco” On their strain of Steam Lager yeast (#WLP810).
Somewhere I have read that the wild yeast in the Bay Area is particularly unique in that area as opposed to others and gives the sour dough its unique flavor. So, I tried it and several vials later I started using their tubes for every batch.
I found a few uses for the tubes, keeping my cold brew extract in, a waterproof container for cash, or even a small parts cleaning vessel. Then I stumbled upon the White Labs Customer Club and decided to turn them in for some glassware. So I packed them up along with some of my “signature” stickers and shipped them off.
I was anticipating just an ordinary pint glass to add to the collection. But shortly after sending it off, I received the big glass mug pictured above. The next day an envelope arrived containing several decals from White Labs and a coupon. Pretty Cool! Perhaps I was touched by a gift of BrewKarma as well!
So, now I have found a use for the container of my yeast that is redeemable for cool prizes. Cant do that with those annoying foil wrappers that are hard to squeeze every drop from.