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Beginner Question: Refrigeration?

So I just got my equipment and two extract kits and I am looking forward to brewing my first batch (Irish Red) on Sunday.

But I can’t seem to find the answer to these questions:

  1. Do I need to refrigerate the dry yeast? I orderd the Safale US-05 Ale Yeast for the Cream Ale kit and got the Nottingham Yeast for the Irish Red. It is currently in my basement (55F).

  2. Do I need to refrigerate the hops? Malt Extract?


This FAQ post should help: viewtopic.php?f=13&t=7949

Basically, dry yeast should be refrigerated and hops should be stored as cold as possible, including freezing. Both should be kept away from air as much as possible.

I always freeze my hops, fridge the yeast (dry or liquid) and as long as I’m brewing soon keep grain or extract at room temp (not a hot and humid garage or something).

Welcome to the wonderful world of brewing!!


Thanks guys!

Interesting. I didn’t know you should keep the hops cold.
Good to know.

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