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Currently im waiting for my stir bar to arrive in the mail. it should be here in the next few days. i have read some posts online about smacking a day per month ahead of time. i want to use my new stir plate so if i gotta wait ill wait. but my question is, if i smack it how many days can it sit before i HAVE to use it? should it be refrigerated the whole time, after 24 hours, or what? also will it explode if left in the pack too long? lastly, if i make a starter with it and the stir bar arrives the next day can i stir it then or is it too late? thanks to all those who post!
 
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ok. a simpler question, after smacking how long can it sit?
 
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I've gone a couple weeks (not on purpose). It's in a sterile environment in the pack, so it just needs to get some new food to start fermenting again.
so if i smack it tonight and throw it in my fermentation chamber til tmro, i would then put it back in my fridge until the day i need it. pull it out to room temp then pitch a starter?
 

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