Ss Brewtech’s Biggest Baddest Holiday Giveaway Ever!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Fermentation & Yeast > Old Wyeast Packs
Thread Tools
Old 12-02-2010, 10:09 PM   #1
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Vancouver, Washington
Posts: 172
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts
Likes Given: 1

Default Old Wyeast Packs

I've got 3 packages of 1056 and 3 packages of 3068 Wyeast Activator packs that've been in the fridge for almost a year and a half now.

I had completely forgotten about them until I found them buried at the bottom.

I got them for free because I know the owner of wyeast through a friend.

I'd love to use the 3068 on my next batch but I'm concerned about viability.

If I smack em and they swell, think they'll be safe to use?

On TAP: Weiss Guy Hefeweizen

PRIMARY: Perfect Pale Ale

Ben_Persitz is offline
Reply With Quote
Old 12-02-2010, 10:14 PM   #2
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: bay area
Posts: 151

I wouldn't use them and I doubt they would swell. Most if not all the yeast in there is probably not viable.

andrew300 is offline
Reply With Quote
Old 12-02-2010, 10:17 PM   #3
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
rocketman768's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Evanston, IL
Posts: 1,083
Liked 24 Times on 21 Posts


I would make a starter a week or two in advance to see if your yeast are still alive and to grow them back to the right numbers, since such a long period in the fridge will certainly have killed most of them.
rocketman768 is offline
Reply With Quote
Old 12-03-2010, 02:38 AM   #4
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Join Date: Sep 2007
Posts: 2,553
Liked 23 Times on 22 Posts


I used Wyeast that was a year old after making some hefty starters. It took off slowly, but once it got going, all was well. I would add to what rocket said and start probably a month ahead of time to make sure they are active. If not, you still have time to get fresh yeast.
avidhomebrewer is offline
Reply With Quote
Old 12-03-2010, 02:42 AM   #5
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Join Date: Oct 2009
Posts: 1,320
Liked 12 Times on 12 Posts


Just make a starter a couple days in advance. You shall be fine if not I will give you "Awesome Puppy"

PRIMARY: Quartermaster Bay House Ale,Trunk Monkey Chocolate Milk Stout
NEXT UP: Praetorian Smoked IPA
KEGGED: MK Ultra Cascadian Dark Ale, 10 & Everett Wit

If you're in trouble, if no one else can help, and if you can find them....Then maybe you can hire.... THE A TEAM!

Originally Posted by AZ_IPA View Post
I certainly hope they won't give me a hand job to see if I have a bomb tied to my junk .
shamrockdoc is offline
Reply With Quote

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Quick question about "smacking" Wyeast packs Whippy Fermentation & Yeast 11 11-24-2010 01:30 PM
Barleywine with Wyeast 9097-PC -- more packs v. starter? heywolfie1015 Fermentation & Yeast 9 11-23-2010 01:41 AM
About the liquid WYeast slap-packs brewd00d Fermentation & Yeast 16 10-28-2010 01:52 AM
Used 2 packs of bad yeast willtest Fermentation & Yeast 7 03-11-2010 06:46 PM
4.25oz Wyeast Packs? Cpt_Kirks Fermentation & Yeast 8 10-20-2009 03:02 PM

Forum Jump

Newest Threads