When to replace kit wine yeast

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Hi all

I have a few wine kits that will be out of date by the time I get around to doing them. From what I've read, the juice stuff will be fine but roughly how far past the best by date will the yeast/nutrient pack still be viable? I've not got a problem replacing the yeast but I'd much rather use the provided if poss. Yeast was removed from the kits and has been stored in the fridge since.
I realise the yeast doesn't stop working the day after the best by date but if anyone has a rough guide to when it will finally give up the ghost.
So 6 months, 12 months or 2 years? What's the perceived wisdom here?

Cheers Tom
 

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Ah but how far past the best by before you would use fresh yeast as well as the supplied?

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As yeast (even dried yeast) is classed as being “alive”, I would just use the Best Before date as a cut-off.

Compared to the waste of time and the possibility of wasting a complete brew, the cost of yeast is minimal.
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Another plus would be the opportunity to use a "proper" red wine yeast rather than a generic all purpose one 🤔

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