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post Aug 1 2012, 05:29 PM
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so I've just taken a 2.5 year hiatus from brewing... which means the $150 I have in ingredients are now... well... old.

The main topic here is the yeast: so: its Whitelabs Belgium ale yeast... expired 2010... kept refrigerated.

On Monday night we made a yeast starter (3/4gal in 1 gal jar w/ 1/2cup malt extract)
Today Wed AM: after ~36hrs @ ~80F it is now slowly gaining activity.
my plan was to wait another day or two until the yeast appears to gain significant activity... then brew.

pps. the rest of the ingredients are impressively stable... grains still smell right, extract is a tiny bit moldy, Hops... still bitter

Seems good to go...
Does anyone think I should hold out until I find fresher yeast??? (not readily available!!)

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post Mar 11 2013, 04:13 PM
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It seems to me that the yeast is fine. If it's alive and can reproduce, its "offspring" won't be old. The new yeast is just a new generation of the old yeast unless some sort of mutation could have occurred. That just seems logical to me, but I could be wrong.

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