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Old 11-01-2012, 09:38 PM   #1
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I had my hops and yeast in the fridge awaiting my next brew day when Sandy hit my area. Lost power for about 36 hours and the women that lives with me just started tossing everything after seeing a news report that said to throw out everything if power is out for more then 4 hours. My question is are the hops and yeast I had in there still good or should I toss and order new?

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Old 11-01-2012, 09:40 PM   #2
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I think that as long as they were still sealed up they should be fine, just get everything back in the fridge once pwer is restored and get some brewing done!
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Old 11-01-2012, 09:40 PM   #3
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36 hours? I bet the yeast is fine, I imagine it did not get too hot in there after starting at 40F. Hops are definitely OK.

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Old 11-16-2012, 12:47 AM   #4
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I didnt have power for 10 days. Im wondering if my hops/yeast went bad. The house is older and it was very chilly throughout the house with no heat. Id hate to lose my hop stash, but I dont wont to make a bad beer either. Tough decisions!

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Old 11-16-2012, 01:13 AM   #5
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I doubt the hops went bad, but there's also a big difference between if you're going to try to brew a big hoppy IPA with them, or just use them to bitter a stout.

The yeast is almost certainly fine, it's not like it's the middle of summer, but the best way to make sure is just make a starter before you brew.

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Old 11-16-2012, 01:41 AM   #6
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your hops and yeast are fine. and the woman throwing things out after 4 hours is a bit nuts, a closed firdge/freezer retains it's chill for a while. insulation is a wonderful thing.
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