Author Topic: Frozen Smack Pack  (Read 3391 times)

Offline HoosierDanny

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Frozen Smack Pack
« on: April 08, 2009, 07:29:28 AM »
While storing my ingredients in the freezer portion of my fridge, which is regulated by a Johnson Controls regulator and set at 40, my smack pack of Irish Ale yeast froze.  Did I kill the whole pack here?  Any suggestions?  I thought that the entire refrigerator was supposed to stay at 40.

Thanks for the help
Danny

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Re: Frozen Smack Pack
« Reply #1 on: April 08, 2009, 08:46:14 AM »
There may be some damaged cells in there. When the crystals form during the freezing process they damage the cell walls. That does not mean that it wont work. It does however mean that you will need to make a starter in order to get enough viable yeast cells to finish your beer.

I would make the starter at least a week before you are going to brew the beer. It may take a while for the yeast to get going so be patient.

Cheers
Preston
« Last Edit: April 09, 2009, 06:00:51 AM by UselessBrewing »
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Offline HoosierDanny

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Re: Frozen Smack Pack
« Reply #2 on: April 08, 2009, 11:27:57 PM »
Well I guess that is not so bad but not so good news.  I was hoping to brew this weekend.
Thanks Preston

 

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