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Does yeast have to be refrigerated?

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I have read a few places that some of you remove the packet of yeast from the lid and store in refrigerator until ready to use. Is that necessary? I have several refills that I will use in the next couple of months. Seems like the yeast should be fine. After all, It would have been sitting on a shelf in a warehouse if it were not in my house. 

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I store all my yeast and any hops, as soon as I receive them from Mr Beer, in my refrigerator. A few hours before I use them, I get them out of the frig, so they can get up to room temp. Crazy things can go on in my life that can keep me from starting a brew. I like to err on the side of caution and freshness.

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Every day yeast cells die.  You can hear them screaming in tiny little voices if you listen carefully...  Ok, if you just put your ear to the yeast packet please exit the forum and do not return.

 

Refrigerate them to keep them the most viable possible.  Remove the night before brewing.

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