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Old 04-16-2008, 05:20 PM   #1
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The last 2 beer kits I bought came with yeast smack packs. Before that I was making a starter. Do the smack packs work well?

 
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Old 04-16-2008, 05:21 PM   #2
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I would make a starter with the smack packs, it helps lots.
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Old 04-16-2008, 05:26 PM   #3
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Yup just take some of your wort and put in a sterlized jar and add your smackpack to it. I usually wait 1-2 hours before pitching to make sure the starter is good to go
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Old 04-16-2008, 05:28 PM   #4
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If it's the propagator pack you have to make a starter. If it's the Activator pack, they say you don't have to but it won't hurt if you make a starter
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Old 04-16-2008, 05:42 PM   #5
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in my experience, smack-packs are slow to start by themselves. So yes, making a starter is good.
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Old 04-16-2008, 05:47 PM   #6
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If it's the propagator pack you have to make a starter. If it's the Activator pack, they say you don't have to but it won't hurt if you make a starter
first time i used an activator pack (no starter) i was actively fermenting in roughly 8 hours.

 
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Old 04-16-2008, 05:56 PM   #7
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I recently did a kolsh with a wyeast activator kolsch yeast. I made a starter with 1/4lb DME and 1 pint water in a half gallon growler. I really made sure to swirl it well to oxygenate it. I didn't use an airlock but just used a sanatized foil cover. I was also worried about what I percieved to be little to no activity, but I RDWHAstorebought. When I pitched it I had lots of airlock bubbles (1 good bubble every 1-2seconds) within 4 hours of pitching.
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Old 04-16-2008, 05:58 PM   #8
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first time i used an activator pack (no starter) i was actively fermenting in roughly 8 hours.
+1 on the quick start.

I just brewed up a hefe and used the wyeast 3068 Activator pack. I followed the directions, had fermentation start in less than 12hours. no starter needed.
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Old 04-16-2008, 09:57 PM   #9
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Don't even bother smacking the smack-packs. Just toss them into your starter. So yes, make a starter.
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Old 04-17-2008, 06:09 PM   #10
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I would make a starter with the smack packs, it helps lots.
Plus, if you're a cheeep bastid like me if gives you an opportunity to split the yeast out into multiple cultures for use in different batches.

I've collected much of the gear to start culturing slants, but for now I just split them up into bottles of sterile wort the way Papazian describes in JoHB.

 
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