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Baking Yeast

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by luvaudiobooks, Nov 22, 2012.

  1. luvaudiobooks

    luvaudiobooks New Egg

    Nov 22, 2012
    Hi, just curious, is it okay to feed baking yeast to chickens? I see information about Brewer's yeast - is that different from baking yeast?
  2. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

    Jun 1, 2009
    Brewers yeast and Baking yeast are different, Brewers yeast has more nutrition than Bakers yeast.

  3. HouseCat

    HouseCat Chillin' With My Peeps

    Although I don't know everything about chickens (yet), working as a brewer/distiller for the past 6 years has taught me a whole lot about yeast.
    Bakers yeast is perfectly fine to feed to chickens and is a heck of alot cheaper than Brewers yeast when you buy it by the brick. One isn't anymore nutritious than the other any more than a Barred Rock is more nutritious than a Rhode Island Red.
    Bakers yeast and Brewers yeast are different strains of the same organism, the fungi Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Similar to different breeds in chickens They both consume sugars and expell co2 and ethanol. The main difference is that Brewers yeast has been "bred" for higher attenuation (alcohol tolerance) and flocculation (ability to cling together and fall out of solution at the end of fermentation). Most of the yeast sold as Bakers Yeast is just Brewers yeast that didn't make the cut in the lab (*Red Star). Many people, including moonshiners, still use Bakers yeast for their fermentations. It just bottoms out @ around 8% abv where Brewers/Wine/Distillers yeast will go past 12-15%. Popcorn Sutton swore by Bakers yeast and wouldn't use anything else. There are also many artisan bakers using Brewers yeast in their old world, peasant-style bread recipes.
    Now if you brewed your own beer and gave the spent grains/yeast to your chickens after it was finished fermenting and separated from from the beer, it would be more nutrient-rich than yeast alone. Yeast is high in B vitamins (except B-12), chromium, magnesium, potassium, selenium,
    Last edited: Jan 8, 2013
  4. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

    Jun 1, 2009
    You may want to look more into the nutritional value of these yeasts.
    Brewer's yeast provides B-complex vitamins as well as many valuable minerals, including calcium, potassium, iron and selenium. It is also one of the richest sources of chromium, which baker's yeast does not contain, and has all of the essential amino acids, which comprise about half its weight.

    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica]There is a good reason why Feed Mfg. use Brewer's Yeast in livestock feed and not Bakers Yeast.[/FONT]

    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica]Chris[/FONT]
  5. HouseCat

    HouseCat Chillin' With My Peeps

    I found the Livestrong.com article that you pulled your quote from:

    It is peppered with inaccuracies, Here are two:

    "Brewer's yeast is considered an inactive yeast while baker's yeast is an active yeast" -False. Both yeasts are active (alive) until they have been killed via temp or pressure.

    "You can't brew alcohol with baker's yeast and you can't leaven bread with brewer's yeast" -False. This is just laughable as well as simply untrue.

    The Brewers yeast added by feed manufacturers consists of the entire yeast cake that has settled on the bottom of the fermenting vessels in breweries. This cake consists of not only live yeast but dead (or inactive) yeast as well as fines- yeast byproducts and grain particles. In most nutritional supplements sold at Health stores, this is the product in the jars/canisters being offered after all live cells have been heated and killed-off or deactivated. It is not pure Brewers yeast as this is where the added nutrition comes from.

    I counted well over 20 articles pertaining to Brewers yeast and many of them contradict each other repeatedly. I'm guessing anyone who over-values their own opinion can publish an article on Livestrong. They either have a poor Fact Checking department or require no qualifications for whoever writes for them.
  6. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

    Jun 1, 2009
    Actually it is from another source.

    The brewers yeast that is used in some of the better livestock feed mix is a custom 'fermented' yeast that is far more nutritional that a "normal" yeast and is not the yeast cake that has settled in the vats from a brewery or distiller, now there are some feed mfg. that will use the lesser quality yeast cakes but if it is from a brew that had hops it is added to a slurry mix of Sodium Hydroxide and Sodium Phosphate to "kill" the bitter taste then washed and dried.

    Last edited: Jan 9, 2013
  7. HouseCat

    HouseCat Chillin' With My Peeps

    Really? Because it matches your reply word for word. Eerie.
  8. ChickenLady318

    ChickenLady318 New Egg

    Nov 26, 2015
    Can anyone tell me if using yeast in chicken feed is beneficial to a chicken I believe has a yeast infection?

    BBQJOE Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 25, 2015
    Void where prohibited.
    Does yeast help you when you have a yeast infection?

    (I have no idea about these things)
  10. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    I seriously doubt it, you want something that kills yeast/fungus, not adds to it.
    Best thing to do is start a new thread, with all the symptoms, in the disease forum.
    Asking in old threads won't get you the advice and attention you need.
    Last edited: Jan 29, 2016

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