From the HBD Archive
From: Glenn Colon-Bonet <>
Subject: Wyeast Grenades
Date: 1990-05-10 15:36:13 GMT

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Regarding wyeast packages bursting, I've had similar problems with them.
Usually, I'd pop the inner seal on the package and wait a couple of days.
It would swell so that the package felt tight, but I never had one break
open. A few weeks ago, I got a package of German Ale yeast that was 5
months old. I was somewhat concerned about its age, but I went ahead
and tried to use it. The next night I had this terrible dream that someone
set off a bomb in my room, but then I realized, it wasn't a dream! My
wyeast packet had exploded! About a week later, I tried starting a wheat
yeast packet. I was gone for the day, but when I returned, it too had
exploded! I've used wyeast packets a lot and never had problems till
now. The newer packets contain more wort than previously so maybe that's
why I've had problems. I guess in the future I'll transfer the packet to
a starter while the packet is only mildly swollen, instead of waiting for
the boom!

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