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Old 09-25-2011, 01:07 PM   #1
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I got my homebrew kit and beer kit about a week ago and just got around to getting everything out and ready to do my first brew today. I just read on the beer kit sheet that the dry yeast should be thrown in the refrigerator upon arrival...

Is my yeast ok to brew with or do I need to purchase new yeast since it has been sitting in the box for a week? We keep our apartment relatively cool (71-74 F).

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Old 09-25-2011, 01:12 PM   #2
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It should be fine. My LHBS has it out on the shelve and I have never had a problem.

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Old 09-25-2011, 01:21 PM   #3
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Great, thanks!

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It should be, but I know even quite a few LHBS that don't store their dry yeast in fridges. I'm glad that the main one I frequent does.

But you'll be fine.

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i have never put my dry yeast in the frige, as it sits out on the shelf at the LHBS. i do toss my hops in the fridge though.....maybe i will start putting my yeast in fridge too.....any temperature range that it should not go below?

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i have never put my dry yeast in the frige, as it sits out on the shelf at the LHBS. i do toss my hops in the fridge though.....maybe i will start putting my yeast in fridge too.....any temperature range that it should not go below?
I don't know the numbers, but I believe the 'Use by' date is base on storage at room temperatures and the time to about 50% viability. If stored at fridge temperatures, it will loose about 4% viability; will keep over 10 years before it gets down to 50% viability.

Someone else might know, but i believe dry yeast can be stored in a freezer without any damage.
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