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Old 11-26-2006, 04:07 AM   #1
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Mainly for giggles, last night I smacked a Wyeast packet that had been sitting in my fridge since 1995. Not banking on getting any activity but figured it's worth a shot.

 
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Old 11-26-2006, 04:47 AM   #2
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You'd had a packet of yeast in your fridge for more than a decade?

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Old 11-26-2006, 05:36 AM   #4
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It is 1338 European Ale, if it swells no doubt I will use it. It has been sitting next to a can of Mackeson Stout that I brought back from England in 1995. For the past year I have been using some roasted barley and chocolate malt I have had since 95, no ill effects. Last year I used some spruce essence that was also ten years old, bad idea, that did turn the brew musty. I quit brewing back in 96 or so and held on to everything, started back up over a year ago.

 
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Old 11-26-2006, 10:17 AM   #6
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I'd be willing to bet that it actually works. You'll almost certainly need to make a starter out of whatever contents pour forth from the old pack. Unless it's been subjected to harsh conditions, there are probably a few viable cells in there. Give it a shot, and good luck! Keep us posted.
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Old 11-26-2006, 08:25 PM   #7
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11 year old yeast?!! Wow, I mean I have milk and eggs in my fridge about that vintage but not yeast. Usually when something is over a year old in my fridge I take it out and mark "bad" on it with a sharpee before I put it back in. That way no one mistakingly uses it...you know....for safety.

 
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Old 11-27-2006, 02:17 AM   #8
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I believe it's alive. I put it ontop of the dsl modem to keep it warm and appears to have swelled. I expected some swelling with expansion from the increase in the temp but their seems to be some additional increase from fermentation. Just for the record, mfg date is 1-18-95. I'll be sure to update in the next day or two.

 
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Old 11-27-2006, 10:38 AM   #9
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[QUOTE=PT Ray]...Just for the record, mfg date is 1-18-95.../[QUOTE]

11 years old? In LESS than 2 months it's 12 years old! HAHAHA!!! I love it! Best of luck friend!!! I really hope it works!!! I've got an old one gallon bleach bottle that's over 30 years old... Course, it's kinda non-perishable. *shrug* That rocks! Keep us posted!
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Old 11-29-2006, 06:41 PM   #10
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I really want to know how that works out. I've got a couple of vials of White Labs that have been sitting in my refrigerator for probably 5-6 years (got them for free from White Labs at the GABF)... I was wondering if I should pitch them, or... well, pitch them.

 
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