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micfiygd 02-09-2013 01:47 AM

White Labs yeast Carbonated and smells like Champagne?! Help!
 
So I just added my white labs edinburg yeast to my scotch ale and when I opened the bottle it was carbonated and had a champagne smells.

Does this mean that at some point the yeast started fermenting while in the white labs container? What does this mean for my beer that I just added the yeast to?

I didnt really want to add the yeast once I opened it but it kind of exploded into the wort...

Did this ruin my batch? Do I need to buy more yeast? How long do I have to add more yeast if that is what I have to do?

I just really dont want this 40$ worth of ingredients to go to waste!

Any help would be appreciated.

adamdillabo 02-09-2013 02:04 AM

Exploding yeast happens. Break the seal when first taken out of the fridge. Toss it in it will be fine

micfiygd 02-09-2013 02:06 AM

So even the champagne smells is nothing to worry about?

Enf0rc3r 02-09-2013 02:08 AM

Nope. That liquid in there is actually "wort" and its alcoholic

micfiygd 02-09-2013 02:09 AM

Huh, I just was worried that something had gone wrong with the yeast. I had used white labs before and never had the carbonation or the smell.

Thanks for your input!

loftybrewer 02-09-2013 02:14 AM

In fact, the carbonation is an assurance that the yeast is viable (or was recently, but d.o.a. vials are rare) and will do its job. If it were not fizzy - well, then there would be an issue. Some people have trouble with white labs vials and there are a few threads on the topic of their vials spewing most of the yeast in every which way except into the wort. Look it up, there are some hints and tips. $40 sounds like you're doing a 3 or a 5 gallon batch...things should still go according to plan, even if you didn't put the whole vial in the wort, and assuming that the wort temp was hospitable (~70F). Next time try to put the entire vial in!

As far as the aroma of the vial - well, personally I really enjoy smelling the fresh cultures when I open them. It's really a beautiful thing, they are all unique. I kind of figure that that is what the yeast will contribute to the aroma and flavor of your finished beer IF you treat it very well.

Token 02-09-2013 07:48 PM

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Originally Posted by loftybrewer (Post 4882736)
As far as the aroma of the vial - well, personally I really enjoy smelling the fresh cultures when I open them. It's really a beautiful thing, they are all unique.

Ya, I love that smell.

jtejedor 02-10-2013 05:06 AM

Yeah don't go by the smell straight from the vial sometimes it is just plain rank.


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