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Old 12-10-2009, 02:12 AM   #1
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Default Yeast question re: expiration

I homebrew beer, but my wife doesn't really like beer. So, I got her a starter kit for homebrewing wine. Unfortunately we never got around to brewing the kit and the yeast expired in 9/10. It is a dry yeast by LALVIN EC-118. I know nothing about wine making.

Can we still get away with this yeast? I know beer yeasts can work past expiration they may just take longet to get started.

please help.


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Old 12-10-2009, 02:23 AM   #2
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Try rehydrating it. If it's still alive, it works.


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Try rehydrating it. If it's still alive, it works.
how far in advance can i rehydrate? and if so what is the process
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There should be instructions on the back of the pack of yeast.

You can get such a packet of the yeast at your LHBS for super cheap (I get mine for 80 or 90 cents a piece). So getting a fresh pack is no biggie, in fact I would just grab a fresh one that is in date unless you dont have a shop close.
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Did it expire Oct 2009 or Sept 2010 ? Probably still good if Oct 09

HOW TO USE
Rehydrate EC-1118 in 5 times its weight of potable water at 40C. Let stand for at least 20 minutes
then gently stir occasionally to break up any clumps. Add to the must.
- THE TOTAL REHYDRATION DURATION SHOULD NEVER EXCEED 45 MINUTES
- AVOID COLD SHOCKING THE YEAST. THE TEMPERATURE DROP BETWEEN THE
MUST TO BE INOCULATED AND THE REHYDRATION MEDIUM SHOULD NEVER BE
>10C (if any doubt, please contact your supplier or Lallemand)
- IT IS ESSENTIAL TO REHYDRATE THE YEAST IN A CLEAN CONTAINER.
- INITIAL REHYDRATION IN MUST IS NOT ADVISABLE.


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