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JRGSPE73

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Just a general question about Wyeast Smack Packs, which has probably been asked already, but here goes anyway:

I want to brew tomorrow night, but by the time I get home from work I wont have enough time to activate the smack pack and allow it to expand fully. Can I activate it tonight, refrigerate it overnight, and use it tomorrow night (obviously after removing it from the fridge and letting it get to room temp before pitching). I actually wanted to brew tonight, but I can't be up until midnight because I have to work in the morning.

From what I've read on here this seems perfectly fine, but being a noob I just wanted to make sure.

-Josh
 

El Pistolero

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Smack it tonight, let it swell overnight and use it tomorrow...don't stick it in the fridge. Or smack it in the morning if you're confident of your smack technique.
 

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You can easily smack it a day in advance and *not* refridgerate it...I usually smack it the day before, just because you're never sure how long it's going to take to activate it.

(I usually make a starter, so it's less critical: I just cook up the starter whenever the smack pack is nice and plump.)
 
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