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Old 11-30-2012, 10:16 PM   #1
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Came back from vacation last weekend and my smack pack was fully expanded in my frig. I was gone for 2 weeks so it could technically have been this way for a full 3 weeks. Planning on brewing tomorrow. The pack is well within the expiration date. Do I need to get a new smack pack?

 
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Old 11-30-2012, 10:18 PM   #2
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Sounds like a perfect opportunity to get familiar with starters! That's what I would do. Either way, I'm sure its fine.

 
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Old 11-30-2012, 10:48 PM   #3
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Unless you lost power to your fridge and the yeast got too hot in their perfect little environment, they should be OK.

But yes, I second the starter theory! Even if it's for a night or two, might revive them enough if they are weak.
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Old 12-01-2012, 12:33 AM   #4
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Thanks! Looks like I a going do my first starter.

 
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Old 12-01-2012, 01:29 AM   #5
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Thanks! Looks like I a going do my first starter.
Very nice, you won't ever regret taking the time to do it.

 
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Old 12-02-2012, 01:32 AM   #6
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Thanks! Looks like I a going do my first starter.
I just did my first starter this week for a similar concern with a smack pack. It was educational and great for peace of mind. I pitched it into a dark ale last night and it's been going strong all day.

I have a feeling starters are going to be part of my normal routine now!

 
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Old 12-02-2012, 01:36 AM   #7
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I found that doing starters resulted in a huge increase in the quality of my brews. I always do one now if I am not using dry yeast. I use a lot of US-05 and in that case I just make sure to use the proper pitching rate from Mrmalty.
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Old 12-02-2012, 01:39 AM   #8
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Sometimes the packs will swell even if you don't break the nutrient pack inside. It's even posted on the Wyest website. No big deal. You should always make a starter anyway.
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Old 12-02-2012, 01:47 AM   #9
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Yep....did my first starter a few weeks ago....and I will ALWAYS be doing starters for now on!
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