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Wyeast Paks arrived swelled
« on: May 23, 2014, 06:52:09 PM »
What do you guys do to "break" the inner packet when the whole thing is swelled? I forget if the nutrients are in the inner bag or the yeast.
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Re: Wyeast Paks arrived swelled
« Reply #1 on: May 23, 2014, 06:56:37 PM »
They're in the yeast.  All the inner bag has is wort, and demonstrates that the yeast is viable through the swelling.  Something that you already know by now.

I would just make a starter and forget about the inner bag.

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Re: Wyeast Paks arrived swelled
« Reply #2 on: May 23, 2014, 07:06:16 PM »
Not according to their site. Second paragraph.

https://www.wyeastlab.com/hb_productdetail.cfm?ProductID=16

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Re: Wyeast Paks arrived swelled
« Reply #3 on: May 23, 2014, 07:09:00 PM »
Anyhow, if it is swollen, the pack may have opened in transit. I agree, just role with it and make a starter.

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Re: Wyeast Paks arrived swelled
« Reply #4 on: May 23, 2014, 07:30:12 PM »
Thanks for the info guys! I usually make a starter no matter what anyhow so, should be good.
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Re: Wyeast Paks arrived swelled
« Reply #5 on: May 24, 2014, 09:05:34 AM »
Thanks for the info guys! I usually make a starter no matter what anyhow so, should be good.

Bob, I often get them swollen or sometimes they swell in the fridge.  I've never found a broken nutrient pack when that happens and the yeast has always been fine.  I seldom even bother to smack them before making a starter.
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Re: Wyeast Paks arrived swelled
« Reply #6 on: May 24, 2014, 05:22:42 PM »
Ive had some swell up, I wish I could remember which variety. Seems like it was a lager, maybe bohemian

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Re: Wyeast Paks arrived swelled
« Reply #7 on: May 24, 2014, 07:53:47 PM »
Do you guys toss the nutrients in with the yeast starter? Seems like it would be a waste not to.
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Re: Wyeast Paks arrived swelled
« Reply #8 on: May 24, 2014, 08:20:59 PM »
Yes

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Re: Wyeast Paks arrived swelled
« Reply #9 on: May 25, 2014, 04:49:33 AM »
Do you guys toss the nutrients in with the yeast starter? Seems like it would be a waste not to.

Absolutely. IMO, it's more important in the starter than in the beer itself.
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Re: Wyeast Paks arrived swelled
« Reply #10 on: May 25, 2014, 09:20:15 AM »
Do you guys toss the nutrients in with the yeast starter? Seems like it would be a waste not to.

Nope.  Not necessary, so I don't hassle with it.  Besides, I always add a bit of nutrient to my starters.
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Re: Wyeast Paks arrived swelled
« Reply #11 on: June 06, 2014, 11:15:56 AM »
Where I live in southern Oregon, this seems to be a recent phenomenon in the last couple of years, i.e., that most, if not all smack paks are partly swollen (some worse than others) at the retailers.  I don't like it, but, maybe it's not really an issue? 

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Re: Wyeast Paks arrived swelled
« Reply #12 on: June 06, 2014, 11:24:08 AM »
Jim, I haven't found it to be an issue at all.  And for me it goes back more than just a few years.
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