Came back from vacation last weekend and my smack pack was fully expanded in my frig. I was gone for 2 weeks so it could technically have been this way for a full 3 weeks. Planning on brewing tomorrow. The pack is well within the expiration date. Do I need to get a new smack pack?
I just did my first starter this week for a similar concern with a smack pack. It was educational and great for peace of mind. I pitched it into a dark ale last night and it's been going strong all day.
I have a feeling starters are going to be part of my normal routine now!
I found that doing starters resulted in a huge increase in the quality of my brews. I always do one now if I am not using dry yeast. I use a lot of US-05 and in that case I just make sure to use the proper pitching rate from Mrmalty.
Off the Wagon Brewing
Originally Posted by Mtn_Brewer
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