I found this "mini" beer kit at a yard sale today. Never mind that I don't really *need* it for any reason; I can't help but buy beer stuff at yard sales.
Anyway, I say "mini" because it is meant to brew only six bottles. I asked how old it was and how much he wanted. he said it was at least 6 years old, and he wanted $10. I said I'd take it for $5 because the ingredients would all have to be tossed.
Okay. So I bought it mostly because I wanted the 6 plastic screw top bottles to use for my test batches and "sample beer." It also came with a good airlock, measuring spoon, tubing, and six pack holder--all of which I plan to use. But as to my concerns:
As I said, the ingredients are old. I tossed the "hops" (which weren't even named) without any thought. There are these little 2 oz packages of specialty grains that I figure I should dump too. And I tossed the dark DME because it was clumped up and gross looking. But, I think I can salvage some stuff.
The (dry) yeast says it expired in 2006, but knowing how resilient yeast can be, I was thinking I'd make a starter with it and see it if was still alive. If it is, great, if not I'll toss it. Thoughts?
Questions: Do you think it'd be okay to use the old light DME that came with the kit to make the starter? It's vacuum sealed, and even if the quality sucks, I figured it'd be fine for a starter, but I wanted to check with you guys and gals.
I also want to salvage the 15 oz package of dextrose to use for bottle priming. You think this should be okay? As far as I know, vacuum sealed sugar should be okay.
Finally, there's a package of gelatin that I imagine is still fine. Am I wrong that this would hold up against the test of time?
Thanks for the help, as always.