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Wyeast 1056 swelling pack and cherry aroma?

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maxr

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I have a pack of Wyeast 1056 (expiring May 2021) that swelled in the refrigerator. It has been stored continuously in my 37 degree fridge since I received it.
When I opened the pack, there was a low but perceptible cherry aroma that I've never noticed in WLP001 or Wyeast 1056. I thought at first that the inner nutrient 'smack pack' may have burst, but it was intact. Has anyone else encountered this? I searched and the only thing that came up was possible brett contamination, which would be very bad coming from the yeast lab.
 

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Was at my Local LBS yesterday buying Lutra by Omega. Out of 20 in the box, 1 was swollen like you describe above. not sure if it happens every now and then as a 1 off, but you can make a starter and taste it.
 
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Yeah, making a starter now. I guess that if it smells/tastes off in any way I'll dump it.
 

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I had the same thing happen with 1056 about 1 month ago. Dont recall the Lot number ot Expiration Date, but all the packs of 1056 in the LHBS Fridge were puffed, LhBS Clerk said their 1056 does that a lot. I made fine beer, no issues
 

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