You'll know when and if the yeast start taking off by color change and by smell. when you first pitch it will smell malty and worty, once the yeast dig in it will smell bready and yeasty. If a few days go by and there is no color change/smell difference then you probably have some bum yeast.
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Originally Posted by brewski08
when left for an extended period of time, all ice cubes were converted to water.