So I ordered some wyeast for a brew going on today. Ordered two ice packs to be safe but they still arrived melted. Not super warm to the touch but definitely warm. The pouch wasn’t swollen at all, and I put it into the fridge for a few days. If I ever gently shook the bag, I could hear what sounded like carbonation going on inside.
Left the pouch outside of the fridge for a few hours, then popped the nutrient pack. The pack never expanded over the next 5 hours.
I still went ahead and made a starter last night, hoping the yeast was fine. The yeast has now settled at the bottom of the flask, and the starter has a distinct “beer” smell. No krausen has formed.
So now I have 2 questions:
1) do you think the yeast is still good to go? If I have to pour it into my wort and just wait a few days into fermentation to see, that it ok but not preferable.
2) let’s assume the yeast did die, and a few days into “fermentation” and there’s been no activity... if I make a second starter with dry yeast, will the beer be ok having double the yeast inside? Since the dead stuff won’t ferment, then it should just sink and filter out, right? I don’t want to get a sour dough beer.