I'm brewing a Belgian Dark Strong Ale (5 Gal. - Extract) on Thursday and this is my first time using a Smack Pack. Do I need to make a starter first or can I pitch directly from the Smack Pack. OG is slated for 1.084.
I am not sure about the optimal smack time, but boil the starter tomorrow evening and you will be ready to rock Thursday night. 18 to 24 gets it started pretty well ( a bit more time will give you more cells ).If I am brewing Thursday morning, should I leave the pack out overnight tonight and smack it in the morning? I haven't made a starter before. Can I do that tomorrow so it's ready for Thursday? Thanks for the quick reply.
you RDWHAHB!I ended up going with option 5. I whipped up a quick starter with a 1040 gravity dme solution that will have about 13-14 hours to get going before I have to leave tomorrow. It isn't the ideal amount of time but I think it was the best option. I didn't like waiting a week before pitching anything, I wasn't completely fond of underpitching for a week and then pitching again. Not because I don't think it'll work but then I thought of option 5 after a few brews, giggled a bit, and got to it.