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Old 09-25-2010, 05:34 AM   #1
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Default Chunky Yeast in Vial - Still Good?

Picked up a vial of White Labs yeast from my LHBO on my way home from work, planning to brew tomorrow. Got the yeast home and it was kind of caked on the bottom of the vial. It did not want to be shaken up evenly. Now, it's gotten a chance to warm up, and it's still a bit chunky. It's not dissolving nice and evenly like all the other yeast I've gotten before has.

The yeast is White Labs 540 - Belgian Abbey IV.

Is this yeast still good?

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Old 09-25-2010, 05:36 AM   #2
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What strain is it? Some yeasts are super thick and creamy and don't like to leave their vial. If it's a good flocculator, especially. In any case though I'm sure it's fine.

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Old 09-25-2010, 05:43 AM   #3
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Edited that after I realized I left it out. WLP540 - Belgian Abbey IV.

It's supposedly a "Medium" floculating yeast (according the the WL site).

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Old 09-27-2010, 03:03 AM   #4
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Just get it in a starter and give it a sniff when you see krausen. If it smells legit, pitch it. If not, chuck it.

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Old 09-27-2010, 03:05 AM   #5
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I've had lots of chunky yeast in tubes. That means nothing. Just make a starter and you'll know your yeast is alright for sure.

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