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Old 04-21-2009, 07:02 PM   #1
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Default Does this yeast starter look OK to you?

It's not smooth and uniform in color as per usual for me... all kinds of yeast little bits flying around... I'm assuming it's OK but thought I'd post to be sure as I'm making a complicated beer tomorrow and don't want to be disappointed by any screwy yeasties...

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Old 04-21-2009, 07:14 PM   #2
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looks like break material to me. How does it smell?

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Old 04-21-2009, 07:15 PM   #3
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Smells normal... I forgot to mention it was uniform in color for half a day and then turned to what's shown in the pic.

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is it spinning now, or is that pic with the motor off?

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That's with the stir plate engaged (spinning)...

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What strain? Some of the English strains look like cottage cheese, they're so frelling flocculant.

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My starter of WLP002 English Ale looked exactly like that. I was pretty nervous until I went to the White Labs site and they listed flocculation as very high for that strain. That was my first time using an English strain.

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That's with the stir plate engaged (spinning)...

Stop it and let if flocculate....


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What strain? Some of the English strains look like cottage cheese, they're so frelling flocculant.
I was thinking the same thing, that it's just the "Krauzen Kurdels" being kicked around on the stirplate, rather than gettig a chance to flocculate.
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I agree with Springer... Looks like it could just be some cold break material in the starter. Won't be an issue, but make sure to give it time to settle before pitching.

Did you boil the starter wort directly in the flask? If so, that's bound to happen. If you boil in a different pot and then transfer, you should be able to simply transfer the wort over to your flask, minus the break materials at the bottom.

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Ah, it is WLP002! First time I've tried it... so I need to kill the stirplate?

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