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Old 01-21-2009, 03:38 PM   #1
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I brewed an AHS Abita Purple Haze clone night before last and I'm still not getting any activity. Due to trying to sell our house I haven't brewed in a while so this kit was about 7 months old. The yeast was a Wyeast Activator and was also about the same age. I hit my OG right on, got it down to 68 degrees and pitched the yeast. Nothing. I had another identical Activator in the fridge which was about 8 months old, and same thing. Nothing. So I thought I'd warm it up. Got it up to about 75 over an 8 hour period and kept it there overnight. Nothing.

What are the odds that I have two dead packs of yeast? With those two bad packs in there, can i just order some more yeast and pitch it as soon as it gets here? I'm about 2 hours from the closest LHBS so I can't just run out and get some.

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Old 01-21-2009, 03:46 PM   #2
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Did the activator packs swell? did they have a date on them? Were they stored in the fridge since you've had them?

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Old 01-21-2009, 03:57 PM   #3
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If the packs swelled then your fine. Just give it some time.

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Well, that's the thing, they swelled but not fully. Normally the activators will swell to the point of looking like they're gonna explode. These didn't even get halfway close. the date said they were about 8 months old. Yes they were in the fridge the whole time. When i get a shipment that's the first thing I do.

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Your good. Just some time.

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