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Old 02-02-2010, 08:05 PM   #1
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I have always used white labs yeast until now. I plan to make a starter, is there any need to "smack" this and wait for it to swell. It's my understanding it has a small nutrient pack in it, will this benefit the starter?

 
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Old 02-02-2010, 08:08 PM   #2
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I have always used white labs yeast until now. I plan to make a starter, is there any need to "smack" this and wait for it to swell. It's my understanding it has a small nutrient pack in it, will this benefit the starter?
I always do. It doesn't increase the yeast count any but kind of just "wakes" then up and gets them ready to do their thing.
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Old 02-02-2010, 08:12 PM   #3
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From the horse's mouth.

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From the Wyeast FAQ website:

3. Does the package need to be fully swollen before pitching?

No, The package can be pitched before activating, or at anytime during the activation process. The activation process "jump starts" the culture's metabolism, minimizing the lag phase.
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Old 02-02-2010, 08:13 PM   #4
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I always do. It doesn't increase the yeast count any but kind of just "wakes" then up and gets them ready to do their thing.
I kinda figured as much. One more thing to wait on.

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Thanks Rev. I'm going to smack it now and pitch tonight regardless of swelling.

 
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Old 02-02-2010, 08:29 PM   #5
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Revvy beat me to posting that from their page.

I make starters all the time without smacking the pack. Both my LHBS only have Wyeast. I only worry about the inner pack being broken if I am going to pitch directly.
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Old 02-02-2010, 08:35 PM   #6
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I'm going to smack it now and pitch tonight regardless of swelling.
That sounds incredibly dirty.
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Old 02-02-2010, 09:07 PM   #7
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Its also a good indicator of yeast health, if you smack it and it takes a long time to start swelling you have a problem.

 
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Old 02-02-2010, 09:18 PM   #8
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Its also a good indicator of yeast health, if you smack it and it takes a long time to start swelling you have a problem.

I respectfully disagree.
If it swells at all, you've got no problem. That being said, you should still be making a starter...even with smack packs.


 
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Old 02-02-2010, 09:27 PM   #9
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I respectfully disagree.
If it swells, you've got no problem.
Yup, We have had some crazy swelling smack packs and some almost to no swelling smack packs, We have hit all of our F.G's with all 7 wyeast liquid yeasts we have used.

The only way to tell is to pitch it and get a reading. When we were new to home brewing we thought we got bad yeast, it was just bad advice once we talked to the store owner where we bought the wyeast. He also said always check the date stamped on it to ensure your getting a fresh pack and there should not be any problems with them.

 
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Old 02-02-2010, 10:37 PM   #10
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All I have available is Wyeast. I like the smack pack because it proofs the yeast.
I always make a big starter anyhow.

Been washing and saving the yeast in small canning jars, so I only need to buy yeast now and then.

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