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Old 03-17-2013, 12:48 AM   #1
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I'm getting ready to start my second batch of beer. I couldn't persuade my Wyeast bag to break with my hand, so whacked it with a meat tenderizing hammer--the smooth side. I think it worked, but, just to be sure, whack, whack! I hit it again, and--uh oh! Some came spewing out. Should I save the bag and do a starter with it, or just give up on this one and get a new one in the a.m.?

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Old 03-17-2013, 01:01 AM   #2
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It's recommended to sanitize the pack before cutting it open with scissors, so my concern would be the yeast has been contaminated unless say the hammer, pack, and surface it was on were sanitized... would go with a new pack personally. The internal pack is just a viability check anyways, the yeast would likely be ok even without breaking that pack.


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Old 03-17-2013, 01:05 AM   #3
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you seriously hit it with a hammer. yikes.

for future reference you can move the inner bubble to a lower corner and just press with your thumb until it pops. use your other hand to keep it in place. no need for hammers.
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Old 03-17-2013, 01:14 AM   #4
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I smacked the smack pack hard enough to pop the bag when I made my last batch. I sanitized the bag and pitched the yeast into the starter I had prepared within about 30 minutes of smacking. I would spray the bag down with Starsan and pitch it as soon as you can. I think you'll be fine, just keep everything sanitary as usual.
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Old 03-17-2013, 01:37 AM   #5
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You did... what?

It's a little plastic bag... just lean on it against a table and it will pop. It's not at all necessary to pop it even. Especially if it involves hammers.

That said, probably not an issue but you could have contracted an infection.
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I just moved the inner part to a corner, put in the palm of my hand and smacked it pretty good with my other hand. Worked just fine.
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Old 03-17-2013, 04:14 AM   #7
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I had one that would not pop also... I just gave up on it since I was making a starter anyway.
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I'm getting ready to start my second batch of beer. I couldn't persuade my Wyeast bag to break with my hand, so whacked it with a meat tenderizing hammer--the smooth side. I think it worked, but, just to be sure, whack, whack! I hit it again, and--uh oh! Some came spewing out. Should I save the bag and do a starter with it, or just give up on this one and get a new one in the a.m.?

Thanks!

P.S. I am using a kit.
Ummm...I don't know where to start.

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Old 03-17-2013, 05:33 AM   #9
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lighten up on the guy. so tfw if he thought it was really important that he pop the nutrient pack. wasn't it clear he was a noob brewer? help the guy out, answer his question if you have to comment, and move on. rant over.
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Thanks for the help! The great thing about having made this mistake is that I never have to make it again. Killing flies with a flamethrower? No, I use a crème brûlée torch for that.


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