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did i murder all the yeast!?

Discussion in 'Homebrewing' started by goodbeerallday, Jan 18, 2013.

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  1. goodbeerallday

    goodbeerallday Initiate (0) Oct 29, 2011 Australia

    so im brewing on saturday and picked up all my ingredients yesterday. the yeast im using is just wyeast 1056.. anyway i was in a rush and i stupidly put it in the freezer! im thinking its safer to go buy some more yeast.. did i kill it or is salvation possible?
  2. JrGtr

    JrGtr Disciple (399) Apr 13, 2006 Massachusetts

    This might be better asked in homebrew forum, but....
    What format is the yeast in? Is it dry, smack pack or vial? How long before you realized it and (presumably) took it out?
    If it's dry, you have nothing to worry about. If wet, it may depend on timing.
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  3. LeRose

    LeRose Meyvn (1,174) Nov 24, 2011 Massachusetts
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    From Wyeast FAQ page...

    17. What should you do if the yeast is frozen?

    Thaw out in fridge. Activate and assess the time that it takes to swell. If there is no activation within 24 hrs, do not use. If there is activation, make a starter to revive culture.
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  4. devlishdamsel

    devlishdamsel Initiate (0) Aug 1, 2009 Washington

    I would test it just to make sure. Dissolve it in 110 to 115 degree water and add about T sugar and then some flour. See if it rises. If so then there is no need to buy any additional yeast. Since id imagine brewing uses a lot more yeast than bread, it would definitely be worth trying.
  5. hopfenunmaltz

    hopfenunmaltz Meyvn (1,300) Jun 8, 2005 Michigan

    It is a liquid yeast culture, it does not need to be rehydrated. Do not use flour. Make a starter with the ratio of 100 grams DME/Liter of water. Boil that cool, add the yeast after cooling into a sanitized container with AL foil to cover. If no acivitiy buy new yeast.
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  6. devlishdamsel

    devlishdamsel Initiate (0) Aug 1, 2009 Washington

    oops my bad. I think i need to get a book on homebrewing!
  7. nozferatu46

    nozferatu46 Initiate (142) Mar 24, 2008 Indiana

    Smack pack. Wait 24 hours. Swelling? Make starter. Not swelling? Buy new yeast.
  8. premierpro

    premierpro Disciple (384) Mar 21, 2009 Michigan

    I have also done this.(I hate to admit.) I thawed the yeast out and pitched like I normaly do and not suprising I had to pitch new yeast. I gave it 3 days then could not take it anymore.
  9. AlCaponeJunior

    AlCaponeJunior Initiate (0) May 21, 2010 Texas

    how to brew
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