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Old 04-14-2009, 05:40 PM   #1
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Default Ingredients Arrive Tomorrow

Okay I just checked with UPS and the ingredients for my first batch will be arriving tomorrow. I'm not going to be brewing until Saturday morning, so I just want to check on how to store the stuff.

The LME can just be put on a shelf correct? Then the specialty grains can just go in a sealed plastic container (tupperware, glad, etc) and the hops and the Wyeast Activator in the fridge?

Also the activator pack said it only needs 2 hours to activate, is this correct, or should I try to "smack" the pack Friday night and leave it out until Saturday morning?

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Old 04-14-2009, 05:41 PM   #2
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The placements sound fine.

Someone else may be able to help you with the activator pack.

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You can put in fridge, smack friday night and leave out until you pitch. But better, if you have some extra DME, you can smack tomorrow and make a starter on Thursday, then pitch it on Saturday.

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+1 on making a starter. Do it if you can.

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your grain can be stored at room temp until ready to use. no more than 2 weeks because it will start to stale. the hops and yeast should be stored in the fridge. the activator pack will be ready to pitch 2-3 hours after smacking. dont smack friday night and let it sit for more than 3 hours, ive never done that so i dont know for sure that it will blow up, but i wouldnt chance it. i would smack your yeast right when youre getting ready to brew, then brew your beer and cool your wort and your yeast should be ready to pitch if youre doing a 30 minute steep and 60 minute boil. i second doing a starter with liquid yeast, but its not necessary unless you are doing a brew with a gravity higher than 1.050. itll keep it simple that way.

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i second doing a starter with liquid yeast, but its not necessary unless you are doing a brew with a gravity higher than 1.050. itll keep it simple that way.
Well, assuming I hit it correctly, my OG should only be in the 1.040-1.044 region. Since I'm doing extract +specialty grains, I should be close.
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+ 1 on making a starter... some of those Wyeast strains can take a while to get down to business. I'm thoroughly sold on making a starter...but if you can't I'd smack the pack at least 24 hours in advance of projected pitching time....

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I often smack my Activator to make a starter, then get lazy and don't, and direct pitch it 3-4 days later with it having been at room temp. Did so for a brew this weekend and had healthy fermentation in 12 hours. If i'm definitely not making a starter I will smack the night before. If it's not swelled by the morning I can go to LHBS and get viable yeast before I brew.

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Another vote for the starter if you can do it.

I just started working with liquid yeasts and I am getting much better results when I pitch a starter rather than pitching the pack in the wort. I have done both and finding the starter is well worth the 30 minutes it takes to make it!

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+another on the starter. If I were brewing Saturday, I'd make my starter on Wednesday and put it in the fridge Friday night to crash-cool.

Where you store things doesn't matter that much for under a week, but if you were storing the hops for a month or more you'd want them in the freezer if possible.

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