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Old 04-14-2009, 02:39 AM   #1
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Started a great ESB yesterday using W'Yeast London III. I smackd the pack about 3 hrs before hand, but it never really got puffy. I just figured that I did not smack it hard enough. I pitched around 9:30 pm. It is now 6:40 pm, about 9 hrs later. I have never had this long of a lag. How long should I wait before pitching a new yeast?

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Old 04-14-2009, 02:47 AM   #2
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liquid yeast without a starter can sometimes take up to 72 hours to start. I wouldn;t worry too much.

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That's a good reason to proof your yeast before pitching.

If the pouch doesn't expand, the yeast are less than healthy and you should consider pitching another yeast or, at least, pitching a neutral yeast along with it.

Give it 48 hours to form a krausen. Assuming proper sanitation procedures, you should be fine.

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should be fine i use smack packs all the time, and if you read them they say you can pitch directly after smacking if you want. i'd wait 48 hours and see if nothing happens. i bet she'll be bubbling like crazy.

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all good to hear so far. I am going to give it a few more days. If I don't see some activity by Tues night, I may go the cheap route and pitch a dry yeast.

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Still nada at 7 am. Getting nervous.... If I were to re-pitch, what would be a good dry yeast to try?

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Still nada at 7 am. Getting nervous.... If I were to re-pitch, what would be a good dry yeast to try?
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You can read through the following thread to get a better understanding.

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f39/ferm...e-signs-43635/

Also, liquid yeast shouldn't be used without a starter (more than the activator packs) which is also a good way to see if your yeast is healthy.

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Are you saying you pitched at 9:30AM, not PM yesterday right? So you are less than 24 hours right now?

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no - 9:30 pm Sun night. As of Tues 7 am no activity. I am just impatient....

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