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Old 04-02-2008, 10:35 PM   #1
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Greetings,

I'm brewing a high gravity belgian ale so I wanted to put together a starter to do it right.

I made it up and then a bunch work issues decided to tag team me and I've been so busy that I forgot about the starter until today....8 days later.

The operative question is, can I still make a slurry from the yeast cake that has accumulated and will it do any good?

Also, if the yeast has become too dormant to kick start a huge brew, is there any way I can salvage it? (e.g. add some more DME and wait a day to brew?)

Your opinions greatly appreciated!

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Old 04-02-2008, 10:37 PM   #2
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The yeast is just fine. You can rouse it up and pitch it, but it would probably help to add some DME the night before to get it going a little bit. Welcome to the HBT!

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Old 04-02-2008, 10:43 PM   #3
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Glad to be here.

Thanks for the quick reply!

That's what I was hoping to hear. In addition to caring about the health of the beer, I really love to watch the fermentation go and didn't want to rush things.

I love having a hobby that combines my work (molecular bio) and personal interests (beer and darts) so well.

I'm sure I'll have more questions in the future.

Thanks again.

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Old 04-02-2008, 10:46 PM   #4
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Another molecular biologist? There seems to be a bunch of us here.

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Old 04-02-2008, 10:50 PM   #5
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Haha, really?

Yeah, I work in immunology on hordes of mice, hence "outbred".

This hobby seems to attract a certain set namely scientists, pseudo-scientists, jacks-of-all-trades, the mechanically inclined and of course the refuse-to-believe-that-I-can't-do-anything-myself-cheaper-and-better.

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Old 04-03-2008, 12:12 AM   #6
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Haha, really?

Yeah, I work in immunology on hordes of mice, hence "outbred".

This hobby seems to attract a certain set namely scientists, pseudo-scientists, jacks-of-all-trades, the mechanically inclined and of course the refuse-to-believe-that-I-can't-do-anything-myself-cheaper-and-better.

I guess I fall under the jack of all trades.
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Old 04-03-2008, 04:03 AM   #7
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Yeah...I'd be the last sort you described. For better or for worse.

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Haha, really?

Yeah, I work in immunology on hordes of mice, hence "outbred".

This hobby seems to attract a certain set namely scientists, pseudo-scientists, jacks-of-all-trades, the mechanically inclined and of course the refuse-to-believe-that-I-can't-do-anything-myself-cheaper-and-better.
I have a couple mouse projects going myself, so I know exactly what you're talking about.
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mechanically inclined evil genius

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Usually on any web forum you have a fair amount of computer geeks too...

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