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mala54

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what is the proper way to store yeast

should it be refrigerated, and how long is the "shelf life"
 

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The small packets of Lalvin yeast has an expiry date stamped along one edge.

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I'm not sure if it's required for the dry yeast packets, but I keep them in the refrigerator, and I haven't had any problems so far.
 

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I keep all yeast in the refridgerator to prolong it's effectiveness. When buying yeast look for the most recently date stamped packets.
 

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Yes, refridgerating will extend the life especially if you have warmer temps in the house.
 

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Ditto. Refrigeration is best.

The number of viable yeast cells starts to decline once a sachet or pack is made. The expiration date is just a best guess for when the number of viable yeast cells will have declined to the point at which a quick starting fermentation can no longer be guaranteed. Storing your yeast under refrigeration will help; ordering yeast during a heat wave may hurt. Starting your yeast in a starter will help get things going and is always advisable, but perhaps more important when dealing with a troublesome must or an old yeast.

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Ditto Ditto in the fridge. Ck the stamped expiring date and use oldest 1st.
 

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I buy my yeast in bulk (100 gram packages) and store it in jars in the fridge.

When needed I take some out.

Make always a yeast starter and you will surely know your yeast is still viable.

I have stored yeast that way for periods longer as a year.

Luc
 

mala54

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thanks for the wise advice

I'll be sure to look for the expiration dates and store in the fridge:D
 

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