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Old 05-30-2009, 02:37 AM   #1
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Default Bad yeast smack pack?

I need some quick advice, im doing a mead at the time of this post. I just went to the brew shop today and picked up a wyeast 4632 dry mead smack pack. The mfg is 01/20/09 i activated it 4 hours ago and it hasent swelled at all at room temp. This is the first mead pack i have ever used and all the beer yeast i have ever purchesed has swelled up by this time. Should i use it, could it be a bad pack, im just not shure what to do any advice would be help full thanks.

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Old 05-30-2009, 02:47 AM   #2
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some of mine swell and some do not. I know you have done this but just encase- did you make sure the inner bubble broke?

I cannot think of a reason you shouldn't go pitch and see. worst case senario nothing happens and you have to re pitch on Monday right?

prob be the best beer you have ever brewed!

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Ya im shure it broke this is the oldest dated i have ever used ive never had one that didnt swell compleatly in less then six hours maby ive just been lucky.

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You could also take enough of your honey and mix with water to make about a 1.040 starter to see if you get any action. I have no idea how much honey you would need though as I haven't gotten into meads yet.

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Here's a link about making a yeast starter for mead

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