Wyeast Uh-Oh - Home Brew Forums
Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Beginners Beer Brewing Forum > Wyeast Uh-Oh
Cool Brewing Corny 5G & Mini Giveaway

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 09-12-2010, 01:22 AM   #1
c0leman22
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Clovis, New Mexico
Posts: 18

Ok so I started my second batch today. Everything went to hell in a hand basket. The biggest problem I found was when I went to pitch the yeast. I used a Wyeast smack pack. I smacked it about 7 hours before I pitched but apparently one of the pouches within the pack was not "smacked" enough.

I don't know if it was the yeast or the nutrient but it ended up down the sink (don't ask). so which of the packs is the yeast and should I pitch more yeast now or just wait a day or two and see how the fermentation goes?



 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-12-2010, 01:27 AM   #2
Baldy_Beer_Brewery
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Behind You
Posts: 993
Liked 15 Times on 11 Posts
Likes Given: 11


That was the activator. You should be OK.



 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-12-2010, 02:58 AM   #3
c0leman22
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Clovis, New Mexico
Posts: 18

I figured it was. What was left in the pack had a golden color and was pretty clear. What was pitched was cloudy like (I think) yeast is supposed to look like. THAT explains why the smack pack didn't get as fat as I expected.

Thanks for the help.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-12-2010, 03:03 AM   #4
dunnright00
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: San Diego
Posts: 1,448
Liked 23 Times on 21 Posts
Likes Given: 66


7 hours. Was the pack puffed up like a balloon? If so you're ok.
__________________
Caspean Ales and Cider

“There is an ancient Celtic axiom that says, ‘Good People Drink Good Beer.’ Which is true, then as it is now. Just look around you in a public barroom and you will quickly see: Bad People Drink Bad Beer. Think about it.”
-- Hunter S. Thompson,

 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-12-2010, 06:55 AM   #5
Brasco20
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Butte, MT
Posts: 227
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts
Likes Given: 1


I smack and shake the **** out of my smack packs, and still usually have some of the nutrient left in the inner pack. It will be fine.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-12-2010, 07:55 AM   #6
MetallHed
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin
Posts: 831
Liked 28 Times on 24 Posts
Likes Given: 44


read the back of the packets...

they dont HAVE to be smacked at all. That little pouch is just yeast nutrient to get the yeast started quickly so they're ready. It's basically like making a starter (though not as efficient as an actual starter).

I'm not sure what else happened to it that caused you to dump it.. but you wasted seven bucks for nothing..

worse things have happened so dont worry about it and learn from it!

__________________
Steel Horse Brewing

My Fermentation Chiller Steel Horse Brew Labels

 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-12-2010, 08:30 AM   #7
chunk1227
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Texas
Posts: 21
Liked 3 Times on 3 Posts
Likes Given: 1


To clarify, breaking the inside pouch and having the pack swell, only verfies that the yeast inside is still viable. It does not increase yeast cell count to any noticable extent. To get to a proper cell count, you must make a starter. Most likely, unless your OG was very low, you underpitched. Don't worry, it is what it is, you'll still make beer. Do some reading here http://www.mrmalty.com/ your beer will thank you.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-12-2010, 04:38 PM   #8
c0leman22
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Clovis, New Mexico
Posts: 18

Yes it did swell up but not like my last one. My OG was 1.044. Would that be an underpitch?

 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-12-2010, 05:17 PM   #9
SwampassJ
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Coral Springs, FL
Posts: 2,161
Liked 37 Times on 34 Posts
Likes Given: 53


Quote:
Originally Posted by c0leman22 View Post
Yes it did swell up but not like my last one. My OG was 1.044. Would that be an underpitch?
According to MR. Malty it's a little under pitching but you should still be fine.


__________________
BLAH BLAH BLAH

 
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Bad Wyeast, What can I do? Blue Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 6 09-07-2008 05:35 PM
Wyeast Smack Down toadyus Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 10 11-15-2007 06:33 PM
Wyeast Packs Chris_Dog Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 7 08-03-2007 10:43 PM
Wyeast 40ozOLDe Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 11 04-18-2007 04:55 AM
Wyeast??? ethangray19 Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12 01-28-2007 01:01 PM


Forum Jump