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Old 10-11-2011, 05:57 PM   #1
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Default Wyeast American Ale Puffy upon Arrival

I came home for lunch and found my shipment from northern brewer on the step! Of course I opened the Rye Extract kit right away to get the Wyeast into the fridge. When I opened the box the packet of yeast was already at full gas capacity like I had popped the packet inside. Is it okay to brew with in the next day? The ice pack that shipped with it was not cold, maybe Luke warm.

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It's been known to happen. Sometimes the inner pack breaks in transit. All it means is that you don't need to worry about waiting for it to inflate before pitching it into your starter.

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You are planning to make a starter, right, because ESPECIALLY since the yeast arrived under questionable conditions, you want to insure viability by making a starter ahead?

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What about letting the yeast calm back down in the fridge and then using the pack as intended?

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What about letting the yeast calm back down in the fridge and then using the pack as intended?
What do you mean by "calm back down?"

At this point if you put it in your fridge the yeast will go dormant and you'll have to start from scratch and will probably have a lag. Just make a starter and then brew as normal.

All that happened is that, was the inner nutrient pack more than likely did get popped, and they ate it and farted co2 like normal which expanded the pack.

It's not going to go down much when you chill it, the co2 already expanded it.
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Just make a starter. You don't want them to calm down, plus with the Wyeast packs, you aren't going to have enough cells in there to begin with anyway.
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Yup. Make a starter right away. If you're a few days away from brewday, make a starter now and step it up a day or two before you brew.

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I am working on one now, as I don't really have the fancy equipment for it, I will try my best with the tools I have at hand! Thanks fellas!

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I am working on one now, as I don't really have the fancy equipment for it, I will try my best with the tools I have at hand! Thanks fellas!
You don't really need anything fancy to make a starter, just some sort of a container, some malt extract, a pan, water and the yeast you're going to pitch. Stirplates, pyrex flasks and bottled oxygen are fine and dandy and helpful but starters were made for decades without homebrewers using anything but what I mentioned above.
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DONE AND DONE! Pretty quick and easy. Hopefully the boys will do some work and I can pitch late tomorrow night around 10pm EST. That will give me enough time to brew after work and still give them at least 24 hours to eat up some delicious rye ale!

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