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Old 03-05-2009, 03:08 AM   #1
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Over the course of the last few brews that I've done I've been using Wyeast smack packs. The quality of the yeast has been great - big robust fermentations and nice attenuation, but I keep having a problems getting them open.

Every time I use one I feel like I waste a lot because the pressure from inside the smack pack turns the yeast into a water pistol. Any ideas about the best way to cut/slice tear these open without making a mess?

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Old 03-05-2009, 03:10 AM   #2
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I've never had a problem I just use a pair of scissors and cut the corner. It deflates, and I pour it into my starter vessel. If you squeeze it, I guess it could shoot out (and that definitely happens if you shake the white labs vial and then open it- think yeast shower!) but it should be ok if you open it a small bit.
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Old 03-05-2009, 03:11 AM   #3
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Yes, scissors. Sanitize them and cut away. Then it's easy pouring.

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Old 03-05-2009, 03:11 AM   #4
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I just sanitize some scissors and cut a tiny slit at the top, let the pressure out, and then cut a larger slice across and pour it in!
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Old 03-05-2009, 03:27 AM   #5
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just be careful and don't pour the 'smack pack' into the wort... (not that it will cause any harm)

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Old 03-05-2009, 03:04 PM   #7
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+1 sanitized scissors
never had a problem with that method

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Old 03-05-2009, 04:41 PM   #8
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Thats all I've used for all 4 batches I've made and I've had no issues, that I'm aware of at least.
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Old 03-05-2009, 04:53 PM   #9
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I do the sanitized scissor routine as well as letting my wort pour from the keggle into the smackpack to rinse all those little guys outta there.

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Old 03-05-2009, 08:05 PM   #10
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"How do you keep Wyeast smack packs from making a mess?"

I just close mine up in a small tiled room at night and put a little newspaper down on the floor. Providing a little chew toy helps sometimes too.
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