The yeast I plan to brew with this weekend was well past the Best Use date, but it is what the store had. I smacked it last night, and there is no real swelling. I plan on putting it into a starter tonight, but was wondering if people have succeeded under such circumstances? Is there still possibly enough viable yeast to take off in a starter?
And as I use a stir plate and foam stopper for my starters, I won't see bubbling; once settled, how many mm of yeast typically collect in the bottom of a 2000ml flask?