Wyeast Smack Pack sanitization

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JimiGibbs

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How critical is it to sanitize a smack pack? After about 4 hours of doing my first all grain brew I had the wort down to pitching temp and asked my dad to hand me the pack to sanitize...... He took it upon himself to cut it open. Ahhhhhhh!!!! What can I say? How much trouble will this give me?
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While it never hurts to sanitize the package (and scissors), chances are that it isn't necessary. Precautions like this are only meant to minimize risk of infection -- it doesn't really mean you are asking for trouble because you skipped this step.
 

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I just float the yeast pack in the 1/2 gallon of iodine water that I keep back after emptying my primary, so I have a place to stick the airlock and maybe re-sanitize a spoon or something.
 
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