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Old 11-16-2012, 01:30 AM   #1
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Valley Forge, PA
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Went to smack a pack of Wyeast 1084 Irish Ale for my stout. Guessing the packaging was defective, because when I hit it, a seam ruptured and blasted most of the contents right in my face!

Good news is that Northern Brewer, as usual, answered my email really fast and immediately stuck a replacement in the mail.

I think I'm cursed when it comes to stouts. I've dumped 3 batches in my life--two were stouts. My first ever stout, back in my bottling days in the late 1980s, turned two cases of bottles into bombs. My last batch came out OK, but I made a bunch of dumb errors during brewing, and I had a fermentation bomb all over the ceiling. We had gone away for the weekend, so I have no idea how long the beer was open to the air.

However, just to prove that I am a glutton, I'm considering adding a nitro tap to my kegerator.....
Primary 1: Empty
Primary 2: Empty

Keg 1: Rye IPA
Keg 2: Rye IPA
Keg 3: Chocolate Oatmeal Stout
Keg 4: Empty

On Deck: Lemon Line Hefe, Saison, SNPA Clone

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Old 11-16-2012, 01:38 AM   #2
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I usually don't use wyeast but I just picked up a pack of 1056 today. I was trying to smack it in the car before driving home and it wasn't cooperating. I found it easier to just find the pouch and squeeze it with 2 fingers and pop it like that, worked like a charm.

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Old 11-21-2012, 02:24 AM   #3
Nov 2011
Nashville, TN
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And I thought I was doing it wrong. In the past year, I've had 2 wyeast packs blow a hole in them when I smacked them.

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Old 11-21-2012, 03:14 AM   #4
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Feb 2011
Santa Rosa, CA
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Only used wyeast a couple of times, haven't had a problem.

At the brewery I work at I got covered in so much yeast/trub I had to take shower and change all of my clothes.
On Deck Northeast IPA
On Deck Toasted Coconut Milk Stout
Kegged Maris Otter & Mosaic SMaSH
Kegged Session IPA
Kegged Creme Brulee Stout

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Old 11-21-2012, 03:27 AM   #5
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Kokomo, IN
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I had one pop myself about a year ago. Luckily not in my face. I just stopped popping the nutrient pack. You don't need it anyway, it's more of a viability indicator than anything.
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