I got all my supplies to start from Northern Brewer, but I just couldn't resist and ordered some new stuff and two kits tonight. This time I went with "Smack Packs". This is what I have ahead of me:
Irish Red with dry yeast
Scottish 80 with dry yeast
Cream Ale with "Smack Pack"
Bavarian Hefeweizen "Smack Pack"
I already had a glass 6 1/2 primary and 5 gal secondary, but I thought I'd try better bottles and got a 6 gal primary 5 gal secondary.
So this means I can get two batches in primaries right away. I absolutely want the Hefeweizen down first, and hopefully go with the Scottish 80 the first go round. But I need to know how long liquid yeast lasts in the fridge so I know I can hold off on the cream ale a few weeks. How long is dry yeast good for BTW?
I did have them shipped with ice packs. Northern Brewer puts their extract in milk jugs and covers the cap in tape. I put these in the fridge too. How long is extract usually fresh for?
Thanks for all the answers,