Tomorrow's my first big brew day and I'm pretty excited. Got my equipment, ingredients, etc and I'm all set except for one yeast question that I can't find an answer for on this board or anywhere else.
I ordered the Irish Ale kit from AHB. I specified the wyeast pack and instead got the white labs vial. Fine. The yeast was still cold on an ice-pack when it arrived and I put it in the fridge. On the AHB instruction sheet, it states, "When using pitchable liquid yeast, let the yeast warm up to room temperature. The longer the yeast sets at room temperature, up to 24 hours, the faster the beer will start fermenting." (White labs instructions say to take it out of the fridge 2-6 hours before pitching.)
So I'm thinking AHB should know, right? I'll take it out and pitch it tomorrow at 2 p.m. and I'll have a good fermentation. So I take the yeast vial out of the fridge at 7:30 p.m. est and it's been out since. I got on the web to try to confirm these instructions just to put myself at ease, but can't find anyone else recommending letting white labs yeast sit out overnight. It's room temperaturish now and it will be pitched around 2 p.m. tomorrow.
Good idea? Bad idea? I think I'll be doing starters now just to alleviate the worry.