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Old 01-09-2007, 08:04 PM   #1
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I'm going to be brewing up a Red Hook clone this afternoon and just noticed that my White Labs CA pale ale yeast has a "best by" date of November 2006. I figured I'd pitch it anyways and give it a day or two to see if it takes off. If not, get fresh yeast and re-pitch. But now the internal peanut gallery is going bananas and I'm wondering if old or expired yeast will give the beer any off flavors, or worse, ruin it???

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Old 01-09-2007, 08:06 PM   #2
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I'm sure it's fine.

One advantage of the Wyeast smack packs is that you know the yeast is good because the bag puffs up. Of course, if you make a starter, that also assures you that the yeasties are viable.

But RDWHAHB.
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Old 01-09-2007, 08:09 PM   #3
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Yeah, my thought is, if you don't mind a small wait, put together a quick starter- if it takes off, you're golden; if it doesn't, you don't have crap in your brew.
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Old 01-09-2007, 08:11 PM   #4
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You might want to make sure that it is good before brewing. If you cannot wait then give it a shot and get some US-56 for these uncertain situations. Good Luck ....I like Redhook ESB. Is that what you are trying for?
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Old 01-09-2007, 08:39 PM   #5
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Yes, its a Red Hook ESB clone and I am extremely looking forward to it!!!

To clarify though, the yeast is not a smack pack, it's one of the WL liquid tubes. As long as old yeast doesn't give off flavors I can manage to extend my patience a few days...

 
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Old 01-09-2007, 08:42 PM   #6
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Just make up a starter and you should be fine.
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Old 01-10-2007, 05:21 AM   #7

Man I LOVE Red Hook ESB!
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Old 01-10-2007, 09:36 AM   #8
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I used a White Labs Trappist Ale that was about three weeks past the best by date when I pitched it, and it had a massive, out of control fermentation. I did make a starter. You're more than likely fine, if it's been kept refrigerated the entire time.
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