Originally Posted by gumpbrew
Yes, it was May 29 of this year, still well within the 6 mnth rule. Or is that pushing it? AHS is in Texas, I'm in MI, I ordered the cold pack, but it was not cold when I got it.
That's a really old packet of yeast...probably should have gone with a fresher packet.
According to Mr. Malty (http://www.mrmalty.com/calc/calc.html
) you probably severely under pitched. For an OG of 1.058 and a production date of May 29, you would have needed 21.2 vials or packets without a starter. That's probably why you're not seeing any activity at the moment.
You may want to stop by your LHBS and pickup a couple packets of dry yeast, hydrate them (if needed), and inoculate your wort to get things moving forward. Under pitching definitely has an affect on the quality of your beer - some styles like some Belgians actually aim for this but most styles do not benefit. Your beer will likely ferment given enough time, but the quality will likely not be there.
If you do use liquid yeast for other beers, I would really recommend making a yeast starter. It makes a lot of difference and takes very little effort. Yes, the packet says it has all the cells needed to make beer, but it doesn't say that number is sufficient to make good quality beer.