I have been using half of a vial of white labs liquid yeast for brewing 1 gallon batches of beer. How long will the second half last once I put it back in the frige? It had been allowed to warm according to their instructions.

Any other recomendations for using liquid yeast as a 1 gallon brewer?

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    I'm pretty sure Chris White's answer would be 'it depends'. How fresh is the yeast? Was it opened in kitchen or in HEPA-filtered air (as it would be at White Labs)? Any mold in your house? At best you'll probably take a small hit on viability that might not be noticeable. The worst case is that some mold snuck in there and is quietly murdering your yeast.
    – Pepi
    Feb 7, 2015 at 19:19

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Generally yeasts are pretty sensitive to high levels of oxygen and high temperatures (Obvious when you fail to cool your wart before adding yeast - one of the many benefits to owning a wart chiller). Early in my brewing I attempted to split my yeast twice, once successfully to both primaries and once where it only worked in the first primary. Although, my sample is small, in the fridge it lasted a month.

I've heard that you can store it in the freezer for up to 6 months (I guess this happens in baking), but I can not speak on experience with this in brewing. Nor do I recommend do this.

Instead I would suggest taking some brew off the top of your previous as it should be only be a few generations old. Look into "repitching techniques" http://byo.com/grains/item/739-harvesting-yeast-techniques. It's a fairly common technique.


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