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View Poll Results: Cold pack while shipping liquid yeast.
Yes 40 68.97%
No 18 31.03%
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Old 06-26-2010, 01:40 AM   #1
Jan 2010
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Title and poll says it all.
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Old 06-26-2010, 01:43 AM   #2
Sep 2008
Denver, CO
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Ice pack is usually regular temperature by the time I get it. So pretty pointless and I stopped getting them. At least I could reuse the ice packs I got originally to bring mylunch to work. Otherwise, save your dollar.

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Old 06-26-2010, 02:21 AM   #3
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Jul 2009
Keller, Texas
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Yes, I do it, but I wouldn't order liquid yeasts during the summer because as mosquitocontrol points out, it isn't cold by the time it arrives. I either get it from the LHBS or when I make a drive down to Austin I stop and AHS.

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Old 06-26-2010, 02:36 AM   #4
Feb 2007
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When I did order yeast online, I would get the ice pack option. I figure it must keep the yeast cooler for longer than with no yeast pack, and probably provides a nice thermal mass buffer against temperature swings. But now I get my yeast at the LHBS on the rare occasion that I buy yeast. Harvesting yeast is awesome.

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Old 06-26-2010, 03:07 AM   #5
Oct 2009
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I have always chosen the ice pack option but frankly It's been a mixed bag for me but I will say that distance matters. I am in Montana and when I have ordered from the Midwest vendors the smack packs normally arrive intact. I recently ordered from another vendor that was further away and the 2 packs arrived bloated despite ice packs and secure packaging. The vendor did the best it could to protect the yeast so I don't fault them. I think the extra time, distance, and handling contributed to the end result. Montanaandy

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Old 06-26-2010, 03:09 AM   #6
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May 2008
San Diego
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I voted yes, but only because it's starting to get hot summer temps. During the cooler months of the year I would just save the dollar.
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Old 06-27-2010, 11:12 PM   #7
Feb 2010
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I ordered liquid yeast one time with an ice pack, and by the time I got it, it was warm (80s). I made a starter, not much happened, pitched, and it took two days to start up. A lot of the yeast probably died... but it still worked it just took more time. Still, its only a dollar so maybe it'll reduce the time the yeast spends in the warm weather?

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Old 06-27-2010, 11:22 PM   #8
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Feb 2009
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Even if its melted by the time you get it, at least it kept the yeast cooler for longer. If I had the option of having the deliverer put a fresh icepack in before sitting it on my front porch in 90 degree weather then I'd pay another extra buck or two. And those things are re-usable and great for using in coolers for day trips and for keeping the cooler contents from becoming water logged.
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Old 06-28-2010, 02:35 AM   #9
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Every little bit helps. Besides, the little packs come in handy.

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Old 06-29-2010, 02:53 PM   #10
Apr 2010
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If folks are getting the icepacks to keep for later, you realize you can make your own?

Dishwashing liquid in heavy-duty resealable (or vacuum-sealed) bags is all you need.

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