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Old 01-15-2010, 01:16 AM   #1
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Default WTF does Pacman smell like?

I gave it one more shot at bottle harvesting this yeast. I started with a bottle of Shakespeare Stout. The wife drank it. I tasted it but I'm not a fan of the super dark beers.

well I was huffing on the starter i made with the yeast and I think it stinks. The last one smelled like this also. I can't place the smell but it is not beer...

is this normal for this strain?

the wife says it tastes like it smells...


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Old 01-15-2010, 01:19 AM   #2
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You know, I always think I've heard all the questions there are to ask, but then one like this surprises me.

What's more suprising is I went over to my yeast fridge and smelled my yeast sample of Pacman.

It smells like yeast. Not bad. Not anything except yeasty. Now, that's not a bottle cultured one, that is a purchased and washed yeast sample. But still, it shouldn't smell bad.

Does that help?


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Old 01-15-2010, 01:26 AM   #3
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I have smelled my starters and tasted them... always taste my hydrometer samples. This was plain nasty smelling and tasting. I thought it smelled wrong. Thanks for the vote for normalcy Yooper.
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Old 01-15-2010, 01:29 AM   #4
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The Pacman yeast is most likely dead (in the bottle) and you're smelling some wild yeast and/or bacteria growth.

So far, my attempts to harvest Pacman yeast have been unsuccessful. The Rogue bottles available here are just too old and/or stored too warm to harvest yeast from. I'll probably just purchase a pure culture soon.
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Good news is that Wyeast is releasing it until March from their private collection!
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Old 01-15-2010, 02:21 AM   #6
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well both of my attempts came from bottles that were not in cold storage. no telling how long they were on the shelf. Yeah my LHBS has pacman... I had to give it another try....

I have 2 IIPA's on deck and I have a 5 gallon starter of 1056...hehe


for the record all of "my science experiments" have failed lately... my agar slants liquify hours after removing from the fridge... I think i'll concentrate on perfecting that before I return to bottle harvesting.
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Old 01-15-2010, 04:12 AM   #8
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Default Pacman, baby

This doesn't have to do with smell, but i thought you might like to know(if you don't already). You can get Rogue's Pacman strain from Wyeast January thru March of this year. I can definitely appreciate the desire to harvest it yourself, but you can also buy it if you like...

from: www.wyeastlab.com or www.rogue.com
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Got a starter that's been spinning for a week that was cultured from a Yellow Snow bottle. Smells like... yeast (VICTORY!)
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Making a starter from a Wyeast 1764 Smackpack I noticed Pacman had a "cidery" smell with a hint of ammonia for the first day. Then it was fine after that.


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