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Old 07-28-2007, 02:57 AM   #1
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Just got done preparing starters for the weekend. Brewing a Porter and an extra light Pale Ale. I used 1056 for the Pale and 1028 for the Porter. I smacked both packs at the same time. The 1056 was ballooning within an hour, and right where I need it within 3. The 1028 barely showed any growth. I figured it just took longer, but I had the stuff ready, so I pitched it. When I opened the smack pack, it smelled bad. That's all I can say to describe it. Like, just crappy. I just wondered if that was the yeast character or if it's because I just pitched dead yeast. I have no issue if I have to toss it, I'll just use the 1056 for everything, but if it's OK, I'm going to use it.

Anyone have any info about this? I couldn't find anything either way on the Wyeast website. Thanks all.

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Old 07-28-2007, 03:08 AM   #2
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well, it could be just the character of the yeast (i've never used it), but normally i wouldn't pitch a pack that hasn't swelled.

as always, in the future you should make a starter and keep dry yeast on hand just in case

all you can do now is wait and see. worse case scenario, you just introduced some bad yeast or bacteria to your brew due to a contaminated pack of yeast (don't worry, it's VERY unlikely).

another thing that might happen is the yeast doesn't work and you'll have to pitch some more yeast.

i'd wait a day or two before you do anything, she'll probably just start bubbling away!

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Old 07-28-2007, 03:16 AM   #3
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So, I guess the real question is, A) whether or not that is a character of the yeast? and B) If I don't see any progress in the starter, should I pitch the 1056 starter that I made for my second batch tomorrow (split in half and go to town)?

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Wyeast 1056 and 1028 are the two liquid yeasts I use the most. Both are excellent.

I am sure I could never tell the difference in smell between two opened pouches of each. If the 1028 smelled bad, it probably was. Did it have a sulfury, rubbery smell? If so, it wasn't stored properly. Sorry.

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Wyeast 1056 and 1028 are the two liquid yeasts I use the most. Both are excellent.

I am sure I could never tell the difference in smell between two opened pouches of each. If the 1028 smelled bad, it probably was. Did it have a sulfury, rubbery smell? If so, it wasn't stored properly. Sorry.
I had a sneaking suspicion that it wasn't good. It smelled offensive, smokey and a bit acrid. No real "sulfur" smell, but I guess that could qualify.

At any rate, this morning the 1056 was showing signs of fermentation while there was nothing in the 1028, so I dumped it.

Now the question is, whether or not 1056 is a good yeast to use in a porter?

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