Yet another Yeast Question (but not starter realted)
I racked a Saison to the Secondary on Sunday and poured the yeast/wort/trub mix into a saitized Mason jar. So my question is how long will the yeast stay good for? I am assuming that it is ok since it is like a mini brew in the carboy with the exception that no CO2 is being released. I am going to try and wash it this weekend. Thoughts?
Bobby_M posted a thread about a week ago using a year old properly stored tube with a starter.
I've used nearly a year old tube (it was a couple months outdated and sat in my fridge for another 6 months or so) myself with no problems...The biggest thing besides applying the puke test with using outdated yeast is to Plan enough time to incrementally build up a huge starter.
Just like we can build up a starter by harvesting a scant few cells out of a bottle, outdated yeast can be used, because you will reproduce the healthy still alive cells.
My lhbs sells outdated tubes and smack packs dirt cheap....
Oh and there's this whole pre-historic yeast thing going on...
Food In The Fort » Old yeast. New Beer.
So anywhere from a year, to 45 million if stored properly.:D
Thanks for the quick reply Revvy. I appreciate your insight.
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