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Old 11-10-2010, 08:33 PM   #1
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So, a first few thoughts... sanitization is not so much fun. Its hard to tell if I sanitized everything, and even then I'm still nervous.

Second thing... I smacked the pack about an hour ago on my yeast, and there's no increase in size. How long after I smack the pack should I see an increase in size, and when should I abort?

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Old 11-10-2010, 08:38 PM   #2
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Don't worry, sanitation will become second nature to you. What are your techniques for sanitizing?

I have only used a smack pack a couple of times and they took a few hours to look like anything was working. You might want to give some thought to making a yeast starter for your next brew. They are really easy and work great.

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We were all nervous the first time....


Smacked packs usually take several hours to bulge the least little bit. overnight will usually be the indicator. However, unless it shipped at 100F in the summer, without an icepack, it's probably viable.

Do you have time / stuff to make a starter?

don't panic if you
1) can't make a starter
2) can't wait overnight

you'll still be fine. Swelling of the pack is just an indicator.
Starters just double the numbers of yeasties.

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Wyeast packs should swell within 3-4 hours, sometimes sooner. Keep it at room temperature. Check the mfg date on your yeast but I highly doubt there will be a problem. For future brews I would recommend a starter to ensure yeast vitality. I always sanitize my carboy as my wort chills that way I limit the amount of time between sanitizing and using. You'll get used to it and you won't get nervous anymore. Just be sure it's cleaned and then follow your sanitizer directions. Good luck!

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We were all nervous the first time....


Smacked packs usually take several hours to bulge the least little bit. overnight will usually be the indicator. However, unless it shipped at 100F in the summer, without an icepack, it's probably viable.

Do you have time / stuff to make a starter?

don't panic if you
1) can't make a starter
2) can't wait overnight

you'll still be fine. Swelling of the pack is just an indicator.
Starters just double the numbers of yeasties.
Well, currently my grain is steeping in the pot. The wife forgot to smack the pack for me before she picked me up at the airport. Booooo.

For sanitization I used the cleaning solution AHS provided, basically poured 5 gallons in the carboy, added the solution, and mixed itup.

I then put another gallon of solution into the pot Im going to use and soaked everything that I plan on touching any of the solution, including the airlock pieces, hydrometer and thermometer.
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What did you decide about water?

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What did you decide about water?
Mix of Brita Water, Water bottles and San Antonio water.

Im using DME, so I figure some hard water might not be bad.
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I think i was more nervous brewing my first batch of beer then I was the night I lost my virginity....LOL

But, just like with sex, it gets better with Experience! hahahah

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Hah, Nevermind. That yeast pack is definitely swollen now. Had my first boilover. Not so pleased.

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Argh, ok, somethin went wrong here. Just measured my OG and it's at 1.067 @ 75 degrees.

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