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brentG
11-07-2014, 07:08 PM
I just went to smack a pack of wyeast 1388 and realized it's frozen. The package says do not freeze. Is it ruined?

brentG
11-07-2014, 07:28 PM
It didn't swell

loveofrose
11-07-2014, 07:38 PM
Yep. It's ruined. You'll have to make a starter.


Better brewing through science!

brentG
11-07-2014, 07:45 PM
And I don't have a stir plate... damn.

Chevette Girl
11-07-2014, 08:05 PM
<grin> Stir plates are overrated... for those of us who don't have them, anyway :)

Give it some time, your smack pack might still work after it's thawed but I'd imagine it's got a pretty low cell count at this point so the few little yeasties who're left are going to take a while to show that they're still alive...

brentG
11-07-2014, 08:36 PM
I think I can hear two of them, rolling around in agony. There's a soft fizz with a little pressure build-up, but not much.
I didn't realize my mini fridge was set so cold. It's the beer fridge, so the only thing in it was yeast.

Midnight Sun
11-07-2014, 08:56 PM
Whoa, whoa, wait a moment. What is this about a beer fridge being empty except for yeast? There appears to be two problems going on ;)

brentG
11-07-2014, 09:01 PM
Whoa, whoa, wait a moment. What is this about a beer fridge being empty except for yeast? There appears to be two problems going on ;)

Yeah -- Every time I put beer in there it immediately disappears!

Chevette Girl
11-08-2014, 01:54 AM
Your two yeast cells in there will eventually get a whole colony going, you just need to give them some time...

kuri
11-09-2014, 09:05 AM
And I'd give it time enough to swell before even thinking of opening it. It was probably packaged in a sterile environment, meaning the only thing that's going to be growing in there is the yeast you want. Let them get going before throwing them in a starter to give them every advantage they can get.

brentG
11-09-2014, 11:47 AM
Thanks for the help. I guess it wasn't completely frozen because it ended up working. I let the package swell up, which took most of the night, then waited a good 4-5 hours before opening it. I pitched it for a 1 gal BOMM, and the first day it was very slow, but last night it kicked into gear. Things seem to be going alright.