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Bierview
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Username: Bierview

Post Number: 260
Registered: 03-2003
Posted From: 67.81.178.93
Posted on Friday, October 26, 2007 - 01:11 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Typically I do not use Wyeast. The package says pitch the yeast 3 hours after smacking. Would it be better to smack the night before? I don't have time to make a starter and I have one of the large activator packs.
Thanks
 

Dan Listermann
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Username: Listermann

Post Number: 4978
Registered: 03-2004
Posted From: 216.23.59.245
Posted on Friday, October 26, 2007 - 01:12 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Not necessarily better, but harmless.
 

Bierview
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Username: Bierview

Post Number: 261
Registered: 03-2003
Posted From: 67.81.178.93
Posted on Friday, October 26, 2007 - 04:15 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I guess the question is, will it be ready to pitch in as little as 3 hours?
 

Denny Conn
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Username: Denny

Post Number: 6516
Registered: 01-2001
Posted From: 140.211.82.4
Posted on Friday, October 26, 2007 - 04:53 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I wouldn't count on it. If you really want it to swell, smack it a couple days ahead to be sure. But the swelling really does nothing but prove viability (there's no real cell growth), so it really doesn't have to swell anyway.
 

Jack Horzempa
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Username: Jack_horzempa

Post Number: 21
Registered: 02-2007
Posted From: 38.243.104.19
Posted on Friday, October 26, 2007 - 05:04 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

The following from the Wyeast web site somewhat reenforces what Denny posted earlier:

Full swelling of Activator™ packages is not required for their use. The contents of Activator™ packages may be direct-pitched without prior activation. Our smack pack technology is intended to be a tool for your use in determining viability, and in initiating metabolism for faster starts to fermentation.
 

Jon Steinhauer
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Username: Jstein6870

Post Number: 1184
Registered: 03-2002
Posted From: 74.36.53.28
Posted on Friday, October 26, 2007 - 09:32 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

True indeed, but the only way to know that the yeast really is active (has not been mishandled) is to wait for the swell. I typically smack the night before I intend to make a starter, if it is a fresh pack. 6 months old, I will smack on Wednesday to make a starter on Saturday.
 

Joel Halpine
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Username: Jackhammer

Post Number: 21
Registered: 10-2007
Posted From: 76.84.65.125
Posted on Saturday, October 27, 2007 - 11:33 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I used to use Wyeast all the time. Never used it on the same day. If fresh, I usually smacked it either the day before for use, or two days then used a starter. If it is past best before date, I gave it longer. Better a couple day old starter than low yeast count.