I always taste my spent starter after I decant it off the yeast...I figure if it doesn't taste terrible, then it's a good indication that the starter was healthy and clean...
Packaged: Vienna Simcoe SMaSH, Mayan Stout, Caramel Quad, Basic Spiced Cider, Spur of the Moment Graff
Recent Meads: Cherry Melomel, Belgeglin, Bochet
Primary: Fresh Simple Cyser
Secondary: Why do I keep this line here...?
Bulk Aging: Mead Day '11 Ginger Metheglin, Cocobochet, Mead Day '12 Traditional (orange blossom) Mead
Planned: Hop Metheglin #3 (NZ hops), Trad. Gesho T'ej