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I have two kits one was given to me from a friend it expired in 2015 and I have a new kit. I mixed the two yeast packs up and was wondering if the number on the packs would help me determine which one is newer? 

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Yes.  The number indicates when the yeast packet was produced.  It should have 5 digits, such as 27914.  That represents the day of the year (279) and the year (14), so that packet was made on October 6, 2014.

 

In general, a yeast packet should be ok for about 2 years past the date.  IF it has been stored in a hot attic, toss it.  Ideally, you get the can, take the yeast packet, and store it in the frig, taking it out the night before you brew.  

 

A can is generally ok to use for about 2 years past its date as well.  

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42 minutes ago, Timelordjason said:

Would you keep both the can and the yeast in the fridge or just the yeast?

Just the yeast. Most of us put the can in hot water (without the yeast) while brewing to make the extract easier to get out. Yeast goes on the counter to slowly warm up to room temp before pitching

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