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Old 06-28-2010, 05:23 AM   #1
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I have made several mead batches with Lalvin ec1118, my favorite, and have had very short lag times. Normaly i heat my honey/water to 160 and keep it there for about 30 minutes to kill anything that i dont want in there. Rehydrate dry yeast, and pitch. This time I used a Wyeast sweet mead smack pack. I put the honey into room temp water(15 lbs for a 5 gallon batch) i did not check gravity, never have. I popped the pack, let swell and such then pitched into 6.5 gallon carboy with honey/water mix. It has been about 6 hours and nothing, i am actually getting negative pressure in my air lock. Is this normal for a smack pack/way i prepaired it this time, or is my yeast "stuck"? Sorry for the "freak out", but never had this problem till I tried a liquid yeast.

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Old 06-28-2010, 03:05 PM   #2
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Relax, it's a slow starter. If it doesn't start, check your ph.

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Old 06-28-2010, 03:09 PM   #3
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Smack packs do not contain nearly as many yeast cells as the dry yeast packs. So, they lag more before you see activity. Also, the yeast itself might not be a quick starter even with the same number of cells.

Just give it time...

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Old 06-28-2010, 06:56 PM   #4
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+1...liquid yeasts really need a starter to have adequate cell counts, and even then your lag times may be a bit longer than dry yeast. I'll bet you see activity within 24 hrs from pitching. BTW though...are you using any yeast nutrient?

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Old 06-28-2010, 10:05 PM   #5
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I used a yeast energizer, its been about 18 hours since pitching and there is some, though very little activity. Thanks for the feed back, looks like it was just a slow starter.

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