Originally Posted by andre the giant
My yeasty friends have never been choosy about carboy or pail.
The smack pack is very durable. Just keep the pack cool, the only problem I've ever had with a smack pack is when the yeast got cooked during shipping. I guess the ole UPS truck got a bit too warm on a hot sunny summer day.
I missed the UPS guy on a Friday afternoon. Although I did call and direct them to hold the package at their Will Call, I was unable to get there that night, so the smackpack spent one day in transit, one day in the truck in my town, and the weekend in the non-airconditioned UPS warehouse. All this in 90+ heat of the summer.
The result: When I brewed the next weekend, the pack didn't swell much at all after six hours, but I pitched anyway. It took 48 hours, but it took off after that, and produced a nice tasty Irish Stout when all was said and done.
Yeast are tough little buggers.