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Old 05-27-2009, 07:57 PM   #1
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Default Yeast cultured from Bell's Pale Ale

I'm culturing some yeast from a few bottles of Bell's Pale Ale. (From what I understand, it's their house yeast that they use for most of their ales.)

I made a ~12 oz starter, then stepped it up to a liter. I can see yeast accumulating at the bottom of the container, and there's most definitely more there than what I started with, but it's a pale brown color that I'm not used to, rather than a creamy white as you will see in a White Labs vial.

I think I'm not going to worry about it; the yeast are obviously reproducing, evidenced by the volume of sediment in the container. Just curious if anyone else has cultured this yeast and noticed the same thing.

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Old 05-28-2009, 12:49 AM   #2
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I'm culturing some yeast from a few bottles of Bell's Pale Ale. (From what I understand, it's their house yeast that they use for most of their ales.)

I made a ~12 oz starter, then stepped it up to a liter. I can see yeast accumulating at the bottom of the container, and there's most definitely more there than what I started with, but it's a pale brown color that I'm not used to, rather than a creamy white as you will see in a White Labs vial.

I think I'm not going to worry about it; the yeast are obviously reproducing, evidenced by the volume of sediment in the container. Just curious if anyone else has cultured this yeast and noticed the same thing.
I cultured and brewed with yeast from their Oberon wheat beer two weeks ago - I think it may be the same strain as yours. My yeast is darker than creamy white, but I wouldn't call it pale brown either. I would say that it almost exactly the same color/shade as a nomacorc synthetic cork.
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Old 05-28-2009, 01:44 AM   #3
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Here's what I mean (bright white plastic lid in frame for reference):

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That looks quite a bit darker than what I have. Maybe you could get a culture started from another bottle, and grow it just big enough to compare colors?

Good luck, let us know how it turns out!

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I know their Winter White Ale has a different strain of yeast. I wonder if Oberon does as well.

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i have been culturing pacman from rouges dead guy ale. It took three step ups before i started to form white creamy yeast layer. It was brown for a while, keep going and see what happens.

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I abandoned the above-pictured culture... Looeyvillelarry gave me a culture from Bell's Two-Hearted Ale that I used instead. I washed it after I used it in my amarillo pale ale, and it's creamy white as expected.

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Old 06-29-2009, 02:14 PM   #8
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I got a starter made form two-hearted and it was not that dark. Bubbling away in my IPA now. Two nights ago tried again with a couple of dregs I kept in the fridge and so far has not taken off.

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A little off toppic but I just did my first yeast starter and followed directions from Palmers How To Brew. It said to make a starter of 1 pint H2O and 1/2 cup of DME. Is this a typo in book as everything that I have read since starts out with 1 quart of starter, even the rest of his references say 1 quart is good for a 1.050 wort. If I did make a mistake will 1 pint starter still work in a 1.055 wort.

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