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Old 08-17-2008, 04:55 PM   #1
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Default Smacked the "Smack Pack" a little too hard...

So I was getting prepped to brew my second batch later today and pulled the yeast out of the fridge to get it started. Long story short, after a couple failed attempts to break the inner nutrient package, I gave it a really good whack and ended up splashing some yeast all over the counter and my wife.

She was less than amused.

So, I'd estimate I lost probably 1/4 of the package contents, maybe less. I poured the rest into a little jar, covered it, and put it back into the fridge.

Should I risk using this in my beer (a Scottish ale), or just go get another packet? The decision would be an easier one if the LHBS was a little bit closer, but it's about 30 minutes away.

Any advice at this point would be welcome.

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Old 08-17-2008, 05:02 PM   #2
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Take it out of the fridge and let it warm up. Should be fine.

Next time, just set the pack in a bowl with the hole on the top.

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Old 08-17-2008, 06:27 PM   #3
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Thanks, guess I'll give it a try. Maybe noobs like me should stick to dry yeast...

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Did you sanitize the jar first?

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haha...that sucks. To bad your wife didn't find it funny

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If you hadn't started brewing yet, make a starter. Even without a stirplate, your yeast culture should increase over 24-48 hours at least to the pitching value of your smack pack, if not more.

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haha...that sucks. To bad your wife didn't find it funny
Hah. Well, she found it funny in that "dear lord I married a beer-obsessed retard" kind of way.

The rest of the brewing went pretty well yesterday, and this morning I've got a nice foamy carboy bubbling away, so as long as I didn't contaminate the yeast I think we'll call things a success for now.

Thanks for the advice and quick responses.

As for the starter suggestion - that crossed my mind. Can you make a starter with LME? I figured it would work the same as DME, but is just messier to work with...
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Yes you can. Just convert DME weights to LME and off you go. Considering the added expense however, DME is easier and probably considerably cheaper.

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