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Old 03-12-2010, 02:01 AM   #1
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I think I was so worn out when I got home that I misread the directions on my extract kit from Austin. The directions state that I should refrigerate my yeast until brew day and then to take the yeast out up to 24 hours before use and let sit at 72-78 degrees.

I thought it read to set it out for "at least" 24 hours before use. Being that I am planning on brewing this Saturday I went ahead and set it on top of my fridge and it has been sitting there for 5 hours now.

What should I do - put it back in the fridge or leave it out?


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You should stop worrying. It won't make any difference. No point in cooling it down today, just to warm it up tomorrow.

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You can go ahead and refridgerate it. You could also make a starter.

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Don't worry. The recommendation for refrigeration is to retain good yeast viability after a long period of storage; in the case of dried yeast, that could be a couple of years. A few days at room temperature will not make any difference.

I think the idea of removing it from the fridge is bring it up to pitching temp.

Remember, these kits can sit for months on shelves, so a few days will not matter.
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You could also make a starter.

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I assume he is talking about dried yeast - You do not want to make a starter with dried yeast. The yeast has all the nutrients it needs and making a starter will deplete he nutrients. Also, the cell count with dried yeast is a lot more than with a package of liquid yeast.
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no it's liquid yest....

White Labs California Ale WLP051 to be exact
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Does liquid make my situation different or will 48hrs be fine at room temp?

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You should stop worrying. It won't make any difference. No point in cooling it down today, just to warm it up tomorrow.

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No difference with leaving it out for a couple of days, but I agree with Stormrider that you should make a starter. While pitching the vial should ferment your beer (if it's high gravity you could have problems), making a starter will get the ferment off quicker, and put less stress on the yeast.
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As Calder said, the best thing to do would be to make a starter.
A few days at room temperature won't make any noticeable difference, but you need to refrigerate for long term storage (more than a week or so).

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