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Yeast vial possibly gone bad?

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sharpe1987
beers 8 º 20:09 Fri 1/25/2013

Noticed that my vial of WLP007 Dry English Ale yeast seemed "chunky". Didnít seem to run as easily in the vial from side to side (bad description, but all I could come up with). When I opened the vial, it seemed to almost have a sourish smell.

Has this vial gone bad? This is my first experience with this strain so Iím in the dark here

 
JoeMcPhee
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beers 9004 º places 529 º 20:11 Fri 1/25/2013

Probably wasnít stored properly - they should smell like the medium theyíre suspended in - certainly not sour.

 
wnoble
beers 1251 º 04:50 Sat 1/26/2013

007 is unique in its clumpy flocculating characteristics. Iíve also noticed many fresh yeast slurries smell and even taste tart. Shake the daylights out of it. Cheers

 
Quasimodo
beers 217 º 07:24 Sat 1/26/2013

Make a starter. If it doesnít start, then itís a bad vial.

 
bitbucket
beers 2160 º places 63 º 18:24 Sat 1/26/2013

Originally posted by Quasimodo
Make a starter. If it doesnít start, then itís a bad vial.

Iím leery of yeast that has low viability. If it takes a long time to start Iíd still dump it. But Iíd dump it into the boil with about 10 minutes left. Dead yeast makes good yeast nutrient.

 
Cobra
beers 1100 º places 24 º 09:32 Tue 1/29/2013

Originally posted by bitbucket
Originally posted by Quasimodo
Make a starter. If it doesnít start, then itís a bad vial.

Iím leery of yeast that has low viability. If it takes a long time to start Iíd still dump it. But Iíd dump it into the boil with about 10 minutes left. Dead yeast makes good yeast nutrient.

Thatís exactly what yeast nutrient is made of. And they charge an arm & a leg for it too.

 
radarsock
beers 1120 º places 58 º 09:45 Tue 1/29/2013

Blame Canada.

 
NobleSquirrel
beers 3438 º places 209 º 13:06 Tue 1/29/2013

Originally posted by Cobra
Originally posted by bitbucket
Originally posted by Quasimodo
Make a starter. If it doesnít start, then itís a bad vial.

Iím leery of yeast that has low viability. If it takes a long time to start Iíd still dump it. But Iíd dump it into the boil with about 10 minutes left. Dead yeast makes good yeast nutrient.

Thatís exactly what yeast nutrient is made of. And they charge an arm & a leg for it too.


Not sure where youíre buying yeast nutrient, but itís not really that expensive(assuming youíre not talking about DAP)

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