A packaging type of liquid yeast, comprising a pouch containing both yeast and a small plastic sachet of nutrient. A few days before use, the nutrient is "smacked" (squashed between hands), releasing it into the yeast. The yeast ferment the nutrient, producing CO2, which inflates the main pouch. The ...

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Always making a starter vs. following package description

I have noticed that the smackpacks say on the package that the package is meant for a 5 gal. batch and that you should pour the pack directly into the wort. On the otherhand - nearly everyone tells ...