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#1 Old 09-21-2007, 08:12 AM
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OK, so I bought some Lewis Labs Brewer's Yeast the other day. Then, I open up the Uncheese Cookbook and it tells me that brewer's and nutritional yeast are NOT the same--that BY tastest yucky etc.



On another thread, I see someone has used BY to make seitan, which is what I intended to do, among other things.



Can somebody set me straight on this? I thought they were the same thing!
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#2 Old 09-21-2007, 10:06 AM
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they are different things. see here: http://www.foodsubs.com/LeavenYeast.html



nutritonal yeast is sold dead (deactivated) for a start, so it won't do any brewing or anything, it'll just taste cheesy. some brewers yeasts are deactivated too, if they're sold in the form of a supplement, but the ones you buy from a beer making shop, will ferment and brew stuff- i'd personally not want to eat that stuff. they taste different too- brewers yeast tends to be bitter.



eta: from looking online, it seems the stuff you bought (this stuff, right?) is de-activated (so safe to eat), and not bitter (alledgedly) so i doubt it'd hurt you to use it, it just would have a slightly different flavour to nutritional yeast.
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The brewer's yeast I have says it's for sprinkling on foods like cereals, salads, etc. I got it in the health food section of Wegmans supermarket--that's why I thought it was OK. but maybe I'll just go get the "real thing." Thanks!
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#4 Old 09-21-2007, 11:28 AM
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Nutritional yeast looks like yellow flakes or powder and has a cheesy taste. It's usually sold in the bulk section, though it is sometimes sold in canisters. I don't eat enough to recommend a brand. Some taste nuttier and some tastes cheesier. If you buy some and you don't like it, try a different brand.



And yeah, brewer's yeast is totally different.
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--that BY tastest yucky etc.



"that brewer's yeast tastes yucky, etc."



Not correcting you here. Just translating because I read that a few times before I understood it.
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I am always correcting people at the store I work at that they are not the same thing (it doesn't help that the nutritional yeast we sell shows up on the receipt as brewers yeast). I like Brewer's yeast just fine though, in a different way than nutritional yeast. I bet brewers yeast would taste yummy in homemade seitan. For sauces and stuff though I go for the nutritional yeast. Brewers yeast is, for lack of a better word, beefier, where nutritional yeast is cheesy/nutty. That is my take on it. If you bought it you might a well eat it, right?
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