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Old 08-02-2007, 10:46 PM   #1
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It seems like my last activator pack swelled so much it looked as if it might pop. Do propagator packs swell as much?

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Old 08-02-2007, 11:35 PM   #2
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they all swell up tight like that. the activator packs simply have a larger initial colony. in the past, when I used a propagator pack, it took a full day to swell. activator takes like 2-3 hours.

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Old 08-03-2007, 12:00 AM   #3
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Thank you!

Do you think it will be alright to make a starter if it is only swollen up half way?

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Old 08-03-2007, 12:03 AM   #4
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another question to add to this...what is the difference between the propigator and the regular smack packs?

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another question to add to this...what is the difference between the propigator and the regular smack packs?
Basically, the amount of yeast. The regular smack packs are made with enough yeast that, theoretically, they can be pitched directly into the wort. The 'propogator' packs are used for making starters.
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Do you think it will be alright to make a starter if it is only swollen up half way?
that'll be fine

and whether propogator or activator, it's always good to do a starter anyway
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Basically, the amount of yeast. The regular smack packs are made with enough yeast that, theoretically, they can be pitched directly into the wort. The 'propogator' packs are used for making starters.
are the propogators cheaper? I havent priced them I have always just used the smack packs to make starters, if they have more cell count wont making starters out of them vs making a starter out of the prop...get you a better starter
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are the propogators cheaper? I havent priced them I have always just used the smack packs to make starters
yep, but only a couple of bucks, i think...

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if they have more cell count wont making starters out of them vs making a starter out of the prop...get you a better starter
yep
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