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Old 10-15-2006, 11:13 PM   #1
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Default How long does yeast last in fridge?

So i finally have some time to brew today and I am planning on making a belgian abby ale. I purchased the hops and liquid yeast and what not like 2 weeks ago. WIll me yeast still be good after that long in the fridge? Or should i just buy some new yeast?...Hops should still be good I assume since they are in oxygen barrier foil packs.



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Old 10-15-2006, 11:29 PM   #2
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The yeast should have a use-by date, but most yeasts are good for 6-8 months after that date.



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durp!!! Im dumb...I suppose I could have looked for a best by date first....and what do ya know there it was.

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And to add...

If the yeast is past the use by date - make a starter!

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And to add....

Make a starter anyway.

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I've used liquid yeast with success that's been expired over 1 year.

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I've used liquid yeast with success that's been expired over 1 year.
No offense but I've gotta ask: 1) How did you manage to lose yeast in your fridge for a year? and 2)Was the yeast used as an experiment or desperation?
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Just like HB99, I just popped a WY1335 that was a year old - 3 days at 70F and it had swelled somewhat, 1 more day at about 75F and it was tight - made a starter, bumped it, then bottled it into a sanitized pair of 22's for the next pale ale, then another batch after that. Got the yeast for free when the LHBS was cleaning out the fridge........along with a kolsch and a tube of WLP001...

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