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Old 12-01-2008, 02:41 PM   #1
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I made my 2nd batch of brew this weekend and accidentally pitched in the wyeast without slapping the packet to activate the yeast. Will my wort still ferment? Do I need to throw in another packet if I don't see any fermentation in another day(It's been about 18 hrs)? Any suggestions?

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Old 12-01-2008, 04:15 PM   #2
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I would say to wait a few days, it should take off... but it might take a little longer since you didn't hit the activator pack.

What kind of discs do you sling?

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Old 12-01-2008, 04:56 PM   #3
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Golf discs. I like to chunk around frisbees after/while enjoying a good homebrew. I've met several disc golfers who homebrew and got me inspired.

As for the yeast, I figure it will probably just take a little longer to ferment but wasn't sure if someone had heard of someone making the same mistake.

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Old 12-01-2008, 05:16 PM   #4
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Happens all the time. Or people smack the pac and pitch immediately.

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Old 12-01-2008, 05:18 PM   #5
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So does it only slow down the fermentation process? Any effects on the end result?

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Old 12-01-2008, 05:45 PM   #6
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Hey,

I just wanted to make sure . . . did you ever actually break the yeast pouch in the smackpack? If not, then you probably pitched a bit of yeast-less wort packaged in the outer, bigger part of the smackpack. The small, inner pouch contains the yeast, so if was never broken, then I don't think you pitched anything but a bit of wort. The reason you smack it is to break the yeast pouch & mix it with the bit of wort in there.

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Old 12-01-2008, 05:50 PM   #7
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The inside pack is nutrient. The yeast are in the outer pack. I made the same wrong assumption initially.

Look here:
Wyeast Laboratories. Activatorâ„¢

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Hey,

I just wanted to make sure . . . did you ever actually break the yeast pouch in the smackpack? If not, then you probably pitched a bit of yeast-less wort packaged in the outer, bigger part of the smackpack. The small, inner pouch contains the yeast, so if was never broken, then I don't think you pitched anything but a bit of wort. The reason you smack it is to break the yeast pouch & mix it with the bit of wort in there.

I am fairly certain the pouch that is broken contains the yeast nutrient and not the other way around. Therefore if you pitch without breaking, the yeast will still leave the container.
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Old 12-01-2008, 05:59 PM   #9
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I am fairly certain the pouch that is broken contains the yeast nutrient and not the other way around. Therefore if you pitch without breaking, the yeast will still leave the container.
I happily stand corrected!
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