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Old 09-01-2007, 05:56 PM   #11
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You might consider taking some of your wort and using the broken pack to make a starter and then add it to the fermentors Sunday.
Split the good one up today. I would think that would work.
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Old 09-01-2007, 06:23 PM   #12
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aerate well so you get lots of yeasty reproduction
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Old 09-01-2007, 06:27 PM   #13
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Ok here's what I'm gonna do. It might work, it might not, but at least I'll have for sure 5 gallons that I can save. I've got some frozen wort that I am thawing as I type. I've got three mason jars of American Ale yeast, but they are a year old. I'm gonna make a starter using all three. I've used year-old washed yeast before, but it took a couple days to start. Hopefully pitching all three jars will help. I'm going to pitch the good packet, all of it, into one carboy today, and the starter, if it akes off, tomorrow into the other carboy. Wish me luck, guys.
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Old 09-01-2007, 06:39 PM   #14
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Old 09-01-2007, 06:49 PM   #15
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1. Always keep a couple packets of dry yeast in your fridge for cases like this. They are cheap and store for a long time.
2. I would have pitched parts of both packs in both your carboys. With good aeration it should have been sufficient to ferment the beer.
3. I will make sure I am careful with future smack packs to prevent this happening to me.
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Old 09-02-2007, 04:21 PM   #16
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How did you smash the pack open that badly. I just place it between my palms and I can get the bag open. I have never had a problem that way. The smack packs are much better than the vials in that you know you have active fermentation already. ( at least the cells are ready for active fermentation.) I would pitch half the unopened and half the open into each carboy. There will be little chance for infection that way with all the yeasties in there already and them being happy.

 
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Old 09-02-2007, 10:06 PM   #17
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How much homebrew was involved in the fiasco? I can totally see my self pounding brews and knocking the sh_t out of the smack pack, lol.

 
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Old 09-02-2007, 10:29 PM   #18
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How much homebrew was involved in the fiasco? I can totally see my self pounding brews and knocking the sh_t out of the smack pack, lol.
Lol, It was first thing in the morning, I was sober, for the time being.............


BTW, no worries, got a starter of my really old American ale going, and pitched it. Should be OK.


GAWD, I hate those smack-packs! The damned nutrient pack rolls around in there and you can't keep it in one place to pop it, and when you finally do, well, you've read the thread. At least now I've got a primary full of yeast that I can wash in about a week, and I'm gonna take a good four mason jars of that sh!t so I'm stocked!
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Old 09-02-2007, 10:47 PM   #19
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I don't buy WYeast very often, but the few times I have I had good luck twisting the package to burst the inner pouch. I didn't really care for the 'smack' direction as I had visions of what happened to you.
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Old 09-03-2007, 12:44 PM   #20
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I saw brewers yeast at Kroger last night. What is that stuff? And why doesn't the grocery store sell fructose?
I know some people use it as a dietary supplement (for the B-vitamins.) I don't know what they would get from the brewers yeast that they wouldn't get from a multivitamin other than a case of really bad gas.

 
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