Today i brewed my second beer, an Irish Stout. All went well until I had to activate the yeast. I followed the instructions on the back of the packet, which said to locate and move the inner packet to a corner and then pretty much smash the crap out of it until it breaks. I did this...only i find out later that it didn't actually break. At this point the packet has been sterilized and was ready to pitch.
Not sure how smart my solution was: Fished out the unbroken packet, sterilized it along with a pair of scissors and pitched it directly from it's packet. I guess we wait and see if the yeast catches on.
Anyways, is this a common problem with this type of yeast packet? Not too concerned though, worst case i'll pitch another packet in a week if this one doesn't start. Being new to this hobby i'm finding that i enjoy the journey almost as much as the beer.