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Old 07-13-2009, 12:50 PM   #1
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My yeast starter seems to be lagging and my brew is tomorrow night. I planned to decant and pitch slurry tomorrow night, but if the yeast is still in suspension should I just pitch the whole dang thing?

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Old 07-13-2009, 12:56 PM   #2
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I say go for it. It wont dilute your wort much because the starter has a gravity of its own, and as long as you didn't put anything crazy in it, it shouldn't contribute an off flavor. I've pitched the entire starter in the past to make sure I don't lose any of the low-flocculation yeast cells.

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Old 07-13-2009, 01:00 PM   #3
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I'll do that w/ ales. This is a lager, and the damn thing is a friggin gallon though.

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Old 07-13-2009, 02:34 PM   #4
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I'll do that w/ ales. This is a lager, and the damn thing is a friggin gallon though.
Well that certainly complicates things...how is pitching the entire thing even an option in that case?

Is there any flexibility in the day you brew?
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Old 07-13-2009, 02:39 PM   #5
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Pitching the entire thing is really not an option. Zero flexibility at this point. Should the starter be nice and slow, that may have to change.

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Old 07-13-2009, 02:45 PM   #6
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Get a couple packs of W34/70 just incase.

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Old 07-13-2009, 03:23 PM   #7
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There's like a 1/2 inch trub actually, could it be done? That doesn't seem like much.

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Oh screw it. I did everything right, I'll stop worrying.

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Old 07-13-2009, 04:09 PM   #9
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If you're sure it's fermented out, have you stuck it in the fridge? That will cause the yeast to drop out for sure.

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Old 07-13-2009, 04:11 PM   #10
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Looks like 1.044 SG currently. So, fermentation hasn't begun. I feel a little better now, I found it hard to believe the amount of sludge at the bottom was what I was supposed to ferment a lager with.

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