Take the 2-minute tour ×
Homebrewing Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for dedicated home brewers and serious enthusiasts. It's 100% free, no registration required.

I have some California Ale Yeast WLP001 that I accidentally put in a corner of my fridge that is near freezing and it has been there for about a month. It's still in liquid form, so I think it should still be ok, but any thoughts?

I'm doing a starter now, which should help it out, but I'd like to know as soon as possible since I'm planning on brewing tomorrow.

share|improve this question
add comment

1 Answer 1

up vote 4 down vote accepted

The starter will tell the story. If it froze, you might have ruptured yeast cell walls and reduced the viability. A starter will show you how healthy it is and build new cells. If the starter looks good, you'll be fine.

share|improve this answer
1  
I figured I had nothing to lose other than some DME and a little bit of my time, so I went for it with the starter. Fortunately, the yeast was fine and 24 hours later, brew-day was a success. –  senfo Dec 24 '12 at 16:15
add comment

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.