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Old 11-16-2009, 10:00 PM   #1
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Default I didn't smack the pack hard enough

I forgot to check the Wyeast pack after I smacked it.

The small bag of nutrients inside didn't break


I poured it the wort anyways.


24 hours later, no bubbles or krausen.


Do I need to add more yeast or should I wait and for how long?

I've never used a smack pack before.

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Old 11-16-2009, 10:05 PM   #2
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That could cause a pretty significant lag. The nutrients provide foodz for the yeast to have healthy and fast reproduction. The absence of the smack pack means the yeast have entered the wort commando, which is fine. They're gonna probably take a bit longer to ramp up to fermentation quantities. I'd wait a few days and you'll probably see plenty of bubbles.

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Old 11-16-2009, 10:47 PM   #3
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agreed...they're probably just waking up. 72 hours after pitching is when you might start to get anxious.

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Old 11-16-2009, 10:51 PM   #4
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If you aerated well, you should be fine. They're multiplying. Listen close and you'll hear your yeast humping. Seriously. Give them some privacy and they'll get to work when they're done.

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Old 11-16-2009, 11:56 PM   #5
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the wyeast wort smack-packs make excellent 1st round starters (~1 oz) for a yeast banker.

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If you aerated well, you should be fine. They're multiplying. Listen close and you'll hear your yeast humping. Seriously. Give them some privacy and they'll get to work when they're done.
Agree, and f'ing funny f'er you are.
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Old 11-17-2009, 06:48 PM   #7
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I had the same problem with a Wyeast smack pack that didn't essplode, but I pitched it anyway into the wort, and the yeast got the hint and did the job. So don't worry about it until 77 hours or so, as the Decepticon said.

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I forgot to check the Wyeast pack after I smacked it.

The small bag of nutrients inside didn't break


I poured it the wort anyways.


24 hours later, no bubbles or krausen.


Do I need to add more yeast or should I wait and for how long?

I've never used a smack pack before.
That is the reason I am not a big fan of the Wyeast smack pac. I have it happen to me before. Not to hard to screw up on a screw top lid from White Lab.
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That is the reason I am not a big fan of the Wyeast smack pac. I have it happen to me before. Not to hard to screw up on a screw top lid from White Lab.
Yeah, but by pouring the yeast out without proofing it, he basically got the exact same things as emptying a White Labs vial into his wort. Moot point.
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Yeah, but by pouring the yeast out without proofing it, he basically got the exact same things as emptying a White Labs vial into his wort. Moot point.
Not in my case I always make a starter on my stir plate.
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