[quote=“DarkSider”]I did not want to take a chance, and doing a Google search, it seems this is common issue with the brand of yeast. But many still use it.
I wanted to do my beer this weekend, and went to a local store. When I told them what I wanted, they told me they stopped carrying it due to problems with it “swelling” in the packages.
Think I’ll skip Wyeast in my future orders.[/quote]
There are a lot of ill-informed homebrew shop employees/owners. If they really stopped carrying Wyeast because of inflated packs, it was not because viability was compromised. It was for some other reason (e.g., storage space or overly-cautious customers). An inflated pack is actually an indicator that the yeast IS viable. Feel free to use other brands if you wish, but I would advise against avoiding Wyeast if your sole reason is that a pack may occasionally inflate in transit.
FYI: White Labs is switching to soft packs this fall.