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Old 10-25-2006, 11:07 PM   #1
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Ok, little background, I brewed years ago (Mr. Beer about 10 years) and have read a ton on here, other forums, and John Plamer's book. I am very comfortable with doing my first brew. I got all my equipment yesterday and the next day I really have available to brew is Sunday. I plan to brew two batches. Here is the issue, I have to travel for work on Monday and wont return until Friday. So, if anything goes wrong, I wont be home to deal with it. So, do I go ahead and brew, or wait until I return? I really want everyone to say "no problem, go ahead and brew". I would hate to have to wait an additional week before I can try my brew.

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Old 10-25-2006, 11:15 PM   #2
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I say brew... beer does what is does whether we are there or not. The WORST that will happen is that the yeast will fail to start... who cares, it is sterile and in a sealed vessel, it can wait right? 99% of the time it will start and do everything without our intervention...I say brew!!!!! At least the time will seem to pass faster!

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Old 10-25-2006, 11:17 PM   #3
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I also say brew. I'd rig up blow-off tubes though if you're using carboys.

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Old 10-25-2006, 11:21 PM   #4
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So what you are sating is that there will be 10 gallons of unguarded beer starting on Monday... Where do you live?

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Cool, 3 votes for "Brew"! I have an additional question, I have wyeast smack packs, do I have to use a starter with these? The package instructions for making a starter say to use DME, my kits (MidWest) came with LME.....
I live in....uh...NM, ya that's it.

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I also say brew. I'd rig up blow-off tubes though if you're using carboys.
I'm using 6.5 gal buckets for primaries, I plan to just use airlocks.
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Brew. It'll be fine. Being out of town will keep you from getting impatient and peeking in the bucket, anyway.

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You don't need a starter with smack packs, but smack them at least 24 hours before brewing. The only two things that would need your attention in the first five days are bad yeast and good yeast, but it sounds like you're covered.

You'll get home & the ferments will probably be done.

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I used a smack pack on my first brew... smacked it about 3 hours before I actually started brewing, took about 2 more hours before I pitch the yeast. When I awoke the next morning (6:30 am - about 12 hours after pitching) it was bubbling away.

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You don't need a starter with smack packs, but smack them at least 24 hours before brewing. The only two things that would need your attention in the first five days are bad yeast and good yeast, but it sounds like you're covered.

You'll get home & the ferments will probably be done.
Cool, thanks. For the 24 hours, I'll assume I leave the yeast at room temp, correct?
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