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Old 08-13-2012, 02:56 PM   #1
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Default Wyeast Smack Pack stuck at FedEx

I had to go out of town unexpectedly and had to have FedEx hold my shipment at their facility until I come home.
There is a Smack Pack in there, shipped with an ice pack, but I won't be able to pick it up until tomorrow morning. Meaning it will have been sitting for 4 days at FedEx and not in the fridge.
What are the chances the yeast survived?
I'm guessing I should smack it when I pick it up and if it does swell make a starter to help them grow.

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Old 08-13-2012, 03:13 PM   #2
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The yeast will be fine. They live at ambient temps just great.

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Old 08-13-2012, 05:49 PM   #3
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I had to go out of town unexpectedly and had to have FedEx hold my shipment at their facility until I come home.
There is a Smack Pack in there, shipped with an ice pack, but I won't be able to pick it up until tomorrow morning. Meaning it will have been sitting for 4 days at FedEx and not in the fridge.
What are the chances the yeast survived?
I'm guessing I should smack it when I pick it up and if it does swell make a starter to help them grow.
I had the same thing happen to me, they ship it with a cold pack which will only last so long, but even after it will be just fine.
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Old 08-13-2012, 06:00 PM   #4
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I received two wyeast packs after they sat over the weekend 5 days total. They came fully expanded, I was able to just barely pop the inner pack by pinching it. I made a starter and had a great fermentation.

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Old 08-13-2012, 06:08 PM   #5
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I'm guessing I should smack it when I pick it up and if it does swell make a starter to help them grow.
You should always make a starter with liquid yeast, as it only contains +/- 100 billion cells.
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Old 08-13-2012, 08:41 PM   #6
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You should always make a starter with liquid yeast, as it only contains +/- 100 billion cells.
I always make a starter with liquid yeast...I was just wondering if there would at least be enough viable yeast for a starter.
Good to know others have survived the same ordeal
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Old 08-13-2012, 08:43 PM   #7
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The yeast will be fine and you should be making a starter with liquid yeast anyways. Go to http://www.yeastcalc.com, plug in the numbers and make the starter you need.

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Old 08-15-2012, 12:09 PM   #8
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Got my package and the Smack Pack was already swollen from the released CO2 from it being at room temp for a few days. I couldn't smack the nutrient pack, but it didn't seem to matter as I just added some yeast nutrient to the starter and it is fermenting away just fine!
Had a nice thick yeast cake this morning.
Got to get these little guys ready for my "It's a Celebration, Bitches!" IPA

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