OK, so without going into a long story, I really had my heart set on
brewing something up and getting it into primary before I travelled for
Thanksgiving (with the idea being to rack it upon my return).
But the problem was that I didn't have the time to order anything online
so I had to hope that my local homebrew store would have all that I
Amazingly they had all the grains and adjuncts, although the hops were
simply labelled "Hallertauer" when I was hoping for "H. Mittelfruh", not
sure what difference there is, if any, but I'm less concerned about that.
I was doing something vaguely Belgian, and was hoping they'd have a
Belgian yeast. I was wanting White Labs WLP570 but she only had Wyeast
3787 Trappist High Gravity. NOw, I was only doing a 1.056 OG beer, but I
figured it wouldn't be a big deal.
So I got it home on Friday afternoon and the first thing I noticed (didn't
bother to pay attention at the store) was that the pack was dated
September 2002! Its 14 months old! Crap. So I thought I'd smack it
anyway and see what happens...by Saturday afternoon, nothing. I was
beginning to readjust my plans to brew after the holiday and order the
WLP570 online...but then I awoke on Sunday morning to find a nicely
swollen pack! Hmmm, well, I thought "I'll make a starter just to be sure,
if they come to life, I'll brew Monday night"
And so I made a starter (for the first time!) and by Monday afternoon I
was seeing activity. So I brewed Monday evening, pitched with plenty of
aeration and Tuesday morning was seeing good bubbling in my airlock.
OK - so 14 month old yeast can be revived! But here's my question: how
pure are Wyeast's samples? Any chance there's some other things in there
that may cause off flavors? I tasted the dregs of my starter wort, got
some light phenols and appley esters. Seemed OK, hard to say. Nothing
horrid, at least.
Also, anyone know which Trappist Ale the Wyeast 3787 comes from?