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Old 02-16-2013, 03:11 PM   #1
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So I am trying to brew today. I took my Wyeast 1214 Belgian Abbey smack pack out if the fridge. Fridge was at 38 degrees. Smacked it at 6 am. It is now 10 am and no change in the package. Mfg date is 9 Jan 13. Should be good but do you think it might be bad?


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So I am trying to brew today. I took my Wyeast 1214 Belgian Abbey smack pack out if the fridge. Fridge was at 38 degrees. Smacked it at 6 am. It is now 10 am and no change in the package. Mfg date is 9 Jan 13. Should be good but do you think it might be bad?
My understanding, and it worked well for me, is that you bring it to the proper temp before smacking it. And do it a day or two before pitching. That sucker should be swelled up to almost popping before you open and pitch.

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I was trying to figure out if it needed to be at temp or not. Nothing on package to tell you that.
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Before you pitch it, shake the hell out of it. After I pitched mine, I cut the pouch open and found a whole lot of yeast that didnt make into the fermentor. I didnt want to scrape it in there for fear of contamination.

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I was trying to figure out if it needed to be at temp or not. Nothing on package to tell you that.
Well I learned from reading on this site that you gotta bring it up to around 65-70 degrees, then smack it. Then wait for up to 2 days, maybe 3 for it to inflate. Then it's ready to pitch. I always acclimate the yeast and the wort together before pitching.

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Before you pitch it, shake the hell out of it. After I pitched mine, I cut the pouch open and found a whole lot of yeast that didnt make into the fermentor. I didnt want to scrape it in there for fear of contamination.

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I did shake it. So if I brew today and I put the wort in a closes fermenter overnight and then pitch tomorrow?
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What I do is just pull it out of the fridge and smack it then shake the heck out of it. After an hour or two when it starts tons well a little I start to make my yeast starter and after I have the starter cooled to pitching temps I dump the pouch in and put in on my stir plate. I only have had the pouch 100% swelled a couple times and as long as you make a starter it doesn't have to be totally swollen.
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I did shake it. So if I brew today and I put the wort in a closes fermenter overnight and then pitch tomorrow?
Most people don't recommend waiting to pitch the yeast for risk of infection and the like but if you were sanitary it should be no problem.


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