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Old 05-07-2009, 08:27 PM   #1
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Default Starter Newbie.. How do I know it's "working"?

I recently emptied a wonderful bottle of Brewer's Art Resurrection Ale the other night in hopes of propagating the yeast for a batch I'm going to make this weekend.

I prepared the starter wort, drank the beer, and swirled/pitched the remaining yeast into my flask and popped it on the stir-plate. It's been about 20-ish hours, and the wort is appearing cloudy, but with the stir-plate going I'm not getting a krausen or anything that would indicate active fermentation other than some bubbles in the middle. (But could those just be from stirring?)

Anyway... I searched a bit and didn't come up with a solid answer, so how the hell do you know if your starter is active on a stir plate?

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Old 05-07-2009, 08:29 PM   #2
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It's working... ... I can tell from here

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Old 05-07-2009, 09:04 PM   #3
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take a gravity reading if its dropping its working

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Springer is right. For a starter, there won't be any fermentation, but the gravity will drop as the yeast use the malt to grow more yeast.

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You guys are so schmart.

And holy crap is Southern Tier Iniquity a creeper! I need to tackle a pillow.

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