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jar yeast won't proof *(

CookinFool | Jan 24, 200611:26 AM

I have jarred yeast in the freezer. It's only 2 months old. I know how to make bread. Why won't it proof? No, water isn't too warm/hot. Should I store it elsewhere? Maybe in my pantry where it's dark and cool or in the frig? I add tepid/warm water, that I take temperature of (first) put a pinch (or not, done both ways) of sugar in to help it have something to chew on (eat) leave it for 10 minutes, no bubbles. It will make bread but it's not overly doubled in bulk and doesn't make an overactive dough.
I think I need all of your help. My weather is generally arrid, I live in the desert, but don't think that matters, as much as making bread in humid area where the flour reacts. Any of this make any sense?

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