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Old 04-28-2011, 07:38 PM   #1
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Is it ok to freeze yeast without glycerin? I got a lil over anxious with my last batch after reading a few articles on washing yeast. I poured the yeast cake into a few jars and stuck it in the freezer. Did I ruin this batch? Or is it still salvageable and how can I tell? just make a starter for it???

 
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Old 04-28-2011, 07:49 PM   #2
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There will probably be some viable yeast in it but the big problem with our consumer freezers is that they are frost free. This means that they are constantly going though freeze/thaw cycles. When this happens your yeast cells are slowly bursting and dying on every cycle. The more cycles the less viable yeast you'll have.

Get them buggers thawed and make a starter. Good enough reason to make more beer!

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Old 04-28-2011, 07:51 PM   #3
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As I understand it the ice crystals will puncture the cell walls of the yeast and kill them. The glycerin helps prevent that from happening. Think of it as like a cryogenic preservation... and freezing is just freezing.

 
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Old 04-29-2011, 12:40 AM   #4
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Most of your yeast is toast. Like 90% or more are dead. Keep them in the fridge next time. Washed yeast stored in the fridge is good for at least a couple of months.

 
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Old 04-29-2011, 01:26 AM   #5
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No need to freeze. I do the same thing, except I put the jars in my freezer. Just be sure to make a starter with a portion of what you save for your next beer.
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Old 04-29-2011, 02:18 PM   #6
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I think airborneguy meant to say "I put the jars in my fridge".

 
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Old 04-29-2011, 02:26 PM   #7
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Oops! Yes, I did. Thanks for the catch.
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