Oops I didn't refridgerate my yeast

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satxwineguy

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so I bought a few packets of red pastor yeast, and forgot to put them in the fridge when I got home. This was two days ago. The temperature in the house is a steady 73 degrees, so it's not like they've been hot. Am I OK to use this yeast?
 

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Yes, you are fine
 

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Some kit wines and Wine making kits include yeast in their pre-packed kits and not all of them are refridgerated. Unless you subjected it to a significant amount of heat it should be fine. Worry more about the date on that package than want you've done in the short time you've had it.
 

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Sealed, packaged dry yeast only needs to be stored in a cool (73° F is fine), dry place (plastic mylar packaging for wine yeast is also a dry place). If your house gets to, say, 90°F then full time refrigeration is necessary (or if you just want to routinely refrigerate your yeast that is also fine).

If you open a package, then you always should put in a fridge, and then you should bring it back to room (or cellar) temperature before using. Pitching in yeast direct from a fridge can cause temperature shock to the yeast, and is a more likely reason for observed yeast sluggishness or failure (not because it was stored wrong).
 
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