Thanks guys. I bought this at a small local joint. It was in a refrigerator, but I'm guessing that's not where it started. I think I got a bad vial. I was planning to use this next weekend in a Christmas beer that is being brewed for a Christmas in July party. Owell, I have a couple vials of 001 on hand that I'll just pitch. I used 001 last year when I brewed thus, just wanted to try something different. I shoulda known not to buy thus yeast when the store owner told me that if I was going to use this yeast within the next couple of weeks that there was no need to refrigerate it. He should stick to selling cigars.