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Old 06-14-2006, 12:41 AM   #1
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Default Shelf life of yeast

In another thread some one mentioned the yeast that comes with those kits (under the cap) goes bad after awhile. There really is no way to tell how long this stuff has been sitting around before purchasing it. I never really thought about that and I picked up a kit about 2 or 3 weeks ago planning to use it in a week or so. Should I be thinking of buying more yeast? How long does that stuff last? I think there is a pretty good turnover in the LHBS I got it from.

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Old 06-14-2006, 12:52 AM   #2
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Real simple, make a starter. If you do it today, you'll know if the yeast is good.

Dried yeasts will last a year or two as long as they have been kept cool.


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Old 06-14-2006, 01:13 AM   #3
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I just used Muntons (yellow packet) dry yeast that expired Nov 04. The brew is coming along fine.

Always make a starter SEVERAL DAYS BEFORE YOU BREW to make sure your yeast is good!
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Ok, thanks....but what's a starter?


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Ok, thanks....but what's a starter?


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Take a look here for starters.

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or here...
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/showthread.php?t=2270


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