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Old 08-06-2012, 11:59 PM   #1
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Default Wyeast Arrives Friday...sits there for 3 days. Still fine?

So, I ordered some Belgian Yeast Strains from Midwest and it was delivered to the wrong house. I figure this out today when my neighbor brings over two big boxes of goodies. I had forgotten that I picked a Wyeast pouch of a Belgian strain. The bag is puffed up pretty good but the nutrient pack was never broken.

So, this might be the first time that I do a starter before pitching for two reasons. The first is that I want to have a solid starter to have a successful brew. I have received feedback before for under-pitching yeast and it has a slow start for that reason.

The second is that I want to make sure this pack is even still usable or do I have to drive 2 hours south to my LHBS to get a replacement pack. They charge $15 for these so that's why I ordered it online for $6.

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Question is: Ever had a yeast pack sit out at 60-80 degree weather for 3 days + 4 days of shipping and still pitched it alight?

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Old 08-07-2012, 12:06 AM   #2
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You should generally use a starter with your Wyeast smack packs anyway. Make your starter, and I'm going to bet you'll be fine.

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Old 08-07-2012, 12:11 AM   #3
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+1 hercher. Do a starter.

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So, I ordered some Belgian Yeast Strains from Midwest and it was delivered to the wrong house. I figure this out today when my neighbor brings over two big boxes of goodies. I had forgotten that I picked a Wyeast pouch of a Belgian strain. The bag is puffed up pretty good but the nutrient pack was never broken.

So, this might be the first time that I do a starter before pitching for two reasons. The first is that I want to have a solid starter to have a successful brew. I have received feedback before for under-pitching yeast and it has a slow start for that reason.

The second is that I want to make sure this pack is even still usable or do I have to drive 2 hours south to my LHBS to get a replacement pack. They charge $15 for these so that's why I ordered it online for $6.

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Question is: Ever had a yeast pack sit out at 60-80 degree weather for 3 days + 4 days of shipping and still pitched it alight?
The yeast will be fine, they are just active, just make a starter. Assuming a bigger beer with a Belgian strain you would need a starter anyway, go to either Mr. Malty or yeastcalc.com for what you size you need. iMO and many others, all liquid yeast should get a starter.
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Old 08-07-2012, 12:24 AM   #5
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Thanks everyone. Brewing this on Wednesday or Thursday is likely. Wyeast is in the fridge now so I'll do a starter tomorrow and brew this week. It's this that I'm brewing - http://www.midwestsupplies.com/grand-cru.html

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Pitched yeast yesterday so I'm now at the 24 hour mark. Looks like zero anything happening in my starter.



So I guess the yeast was bad?

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Does it foam/bubble at all when swirled up?

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Does it foam/bubble at all when swirled up?
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my wyeast just sat 4 days .smacked the pack last Saterday and it came around .yesterday, took 4 days

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Shucks... to bad...

I guess if you had know "WHERE IT WAS" for that time...

I would have thought in an Air Conditioned house it would have been fine...

I always have some dry yeast around when I brew just in case my Smack-Packs look weak... Ture I have brewed some beers with the totally wrong "yeast" but Nottingham seems pretty useable in a lot of situations if you just want a nice clean ALE...

Ya not in your case where you were shoooting for that Belgian... but it is always important to "Save the Ales!" especally when you have just spent hours mashing, cleaning, boiling, and cooling your wort.

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