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Old 08-28-2013, 10:11 PM   #1
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So I ordered a kit from Austin Homebrew and part of the kit was White Labs WLP023 Burton Ale yeast, and it had a "cool pack", however it was anything but cool after the 4 day delivery - is this gonna be OK to use for my brew tomorrow? I put it in the fridge right away when it was delivered.

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Old 08-29-2013, 12:51 AM   #2
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The ideal thing would be to make a starter with it, although youre wanting to brew tomorrow. That would give you a decent idea on the viability of the yeast and boost the cell count which might be needed after the stress of the possible heat exposure. Chances are its still good, however that is dependent on how long and how hot the exposure to the heat was. When I used to brew with kits I ordered them with yeast as well until I brewed one once and got dead yeast. No fault of the brew shop I ordered from, I just live in the heat of FL and that can be rough on liquid yeast. I now purchase my yeast from a local shop or use dry yeast. The bottom line is you won't know until after you pitch it. It may take off like a rocket, it may have a slow sluggish start due to the health of your yeast, or it could not do anything. If you have a local shop you could get more or order dry online, although I'm not sure of any equivalent for Burton. Give it about 72 hours and if the gravity doesn't drop, I'd repitch. I hope that helps somewhat and best of luck.

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Thanks man I do have a local shop right around the corner, I just wanted to try one of Austin Homebrew's clone kits. I'll do as you suggested and if its not bubbling after a couple days I'll get some more and re-pitch, thanks again!

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No problem, also don't necessarily depend on the airlock as it isn't always an indicator of active fermentation. Gravity readings are the ticket.

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How'd it go?

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