Originally Posted by cntry036
@ oldsock. From 2 bottles it took about 2 days to see noticeable activity. I then stepped it up to about 5-600 ml. And within a day and a half it had about a .25 - .5 inch krausen.
Smells kinda sweet and like nail polish remover.
Any idea about what I've got? Anything worth using?
That is pretty quick, if it had taken longer I would have been suspicious tht you just had something from the air/vessel fermenting.
Hard to tell what it is, but nail polish remover is probably ethyl acetate (a ester that is a combination of ethanol and acetic acid) which is a bad sign that you have something in there that is using oxygen to turn alcohol into vinegar (could be Brett, Pedio, or Acetobacter). That is exactly what a starter I made from a couple old bottles of Lost Abbey and Russian River did. I would probably dump the starter and start over.
This is one of the big issues with making a mixed bug starter, some need oxygen, while it causes issues with others.