From the HBD Archive
From: hplabs!polstra!jdp (John Polstra)
Subject: Re: Wyeast bursting
Date: 1990-05-30 15:57:27 GMT

In HBD #427, Ed Sieja <ems!ems@uunet.UU.NET> describes a recent
experience with exploding Wyeast:

> I placed it on the counter and applied the usual pressure with the base
> of my palm and *BLAM* the thing just exploded - sending yeast and wort
> on the counter and floor.

That happened to me a couple of times with the old-style packets.
Finally, I discovered THE SECRET to success with Wyeast: *IGNORE* the
directions printed on the packet!

In particular, *IGNORE* the part that says to use the palm of your hand.
I don't know about your palm, but mine is just not localized enough.
Instead, make a fist and bring it down smartly onto the center of the
Wyeast packet. Your fist should be vertical, i.e., thumb toward the
ceiling, pinky toward the floor. It works -- first time, every time.
No more chasing the inner yeast packet from side to side after it has
broken loose from the outer envelope without bursting. No more
escalating frustration culminating in a make-my-day whack that inoculates
the entire kitchen.

Homebrewers unite for yeast disarmament!

- John Polstra jdp@polstra.uucp
Polstra & Co., Inc. practic!polstra!
Seattle, Washington USA ...{uunet,sun,pyramid}!practic!polstra!jdp
(206) 932-6482

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