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Old 04-17-2010, 01:58 PM   #1
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Hey guys and gals, I just got back from a week long work trip to Chicago and was happy to see that my order from MidWest was waiting for me SWMBO told me that the shipment came on Wednesday and, per my instructions, immediately put the Pacman Wyeast, LME and hops into the fridge. I checked everything out and my Wyeast was already expanded because the activator must have burst in shipping. I am planning on making a starter with it today and brewing a Bell's Two hearted clone tomorrow, will this be a problem? I have no idea how long ago it was activated and after activation it was put into the fridge for a few days. Sorry for the long post but I need to know if I should make a run to my LHS and buy a new Wyeast before tomorrow. Thanks!

On another note, I am bottling my first brew today! Wish me luck!!
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Old 04-17-2010, 02:02 PM   #2
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if your making a starter then there is no need to worry at all.

 
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Old 04-17-2010, 02:04 PM   #3
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IMHO it is fine. But are you sure it is activated? Sometimes I get Wyeast that is "puffier" than others, but not really swollen. Nevertheless, the starter you are going to make will wake the yeast up and it should be fine.

 
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Old 04-17-2010, 04:50 PM   #4
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I just had this issue on my last batch of IPA - starter is recommended. Your fermentation may be a bit slower, but it will work anyway. Mine was popped for at least a month and everything seemed to turn out just fine....

I confirmed this w/ Wyeast Labs customer support as well...

 
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Old 04-17-2010, 10:16 PM   #5
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Well, I made my starter about 5 hrs ago and it is bubbling away in the airlock so I am assuming that the yeast is OK.

I also just finished bottling my first batch and it took me a lot longer than I had anticipated. Things went well though, my FG was 1.014 (recipe called for 1.013), the beer was quite tasty though will definitely benefit from bottle conditioning, and I got exactly 48 beers out of it (didn't break a one ).

Thanks to everyone on this site as you all definitely saved me some headaches and provided the insight needed to brew a tasty beer!!
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Old 04-19-2010, 03:40 AM   #6
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Kingmatt, I had the exact same issue with Midwest's Pacman Activator. I ordered mine last week and it arrived Friday. I was intending to make a starter anyway, so I wasn't too worried, but surprised because I had gotten quality shipping from them.

When I tore open the pack, the little envelope of yeast nutrient had NOT been punctured. Which was weird. Anyway, I mixed the three together and my starter was A-OK. The yeasties are happily munching away at my latest brew.
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