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Old 09-27-2013, 09:39 PM   #1
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It's been 20+ yrs since I brewed last. To say the least I am excited. I'll brew Fri eve after I activate the yeast slap pack Tues.

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Old 10-02-2013, 05:28 PM   #2
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Those smack packs only need 3-3.5 hours to proof by swelling up. They're not quite the same as a starter. Think mini starter...

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Old 10-03-2013, 12:21 PM   #3
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Those smack packs only need 3-3.5 hours to proof by swelling up. They're not quite the same as a starter. Think mini starter...
Wish I'd read that before Tues! LOL. There's a sticker on the smack pack that says 1 - 7 days but I think you're right. It's swollen tight and my brew day is tomorrow. I hope there are no detrimental effects.
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Old 10-03-2013, 02:44 PM   #4
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As long as it stays sealed,it'll be fine.

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Old 10-05-2013, 11:10 AM   #5
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Well, yesterday was brew day. I have 5 gal sitting in the fermenter now. Hope to see some activity by tomorrow evening.



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Old 10-07-2013, 04:26 AM   #6
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Wish I'd read that before Tues! LOL. There's a sticker on the smack pack that says 1 - 7 days but I think you're right. It's swollen tight and my brew day is tomorrow. I hope there are no detrimental effects.
What is the OG of the brew your planning? Smack packs are intended to show yeast viability and that is about it. The yeast are multiplying by an insignificant amount. If you're planning on brewing anything over 1.050 then you really need to consider making a starter. There are lots of resources online for yeast pitching rates, and a few pitching calculators out there. Under pitching isn't the worst thing you could do to your brew, but still a bad practice nonetheless
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Old 10-07-2013, 04:28 AM   #7
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Well, yesterday was brew day. I have 5 gal sitting in the fermenter now. Hope to see some activity by tomorrow evening.
too late, lol. But check out mr malty as a pitching rate calculator.
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It's at 1.016 now. OG was 1.044. I'll prime and bottle tomorrow.


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With an OG of 1.044,it should get lower than 1.016. More like 1.010 or so. Wait a couple days & check it again.

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Will do.

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