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Old 07-26-2013, 05:10 AM   #11
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You could of also tried washing the yeast with chlorine dioxide. Cheap insurance

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Old 07-26-2013, 05:48 AM   #12
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If its smell, taste fine then it is good giving to another.

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Old 07-27-2013, 05:15 PM   #13
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I would have let it finish, just out of curiosity to see what happened. If the starter finished and the beer from it tasted clean, it might have been just fine. Or, it might have been nasty vinegar bug juice.

But for a few bucks of yeast, no big loss to start over, compared to the risk of a ruined batch.
Yeah I thought about throwing the yeast in anyways to see if any bugs that got in would actually make a difference. This was for a westvleteren 12 clone though so I didn't want to waste 3 months of patience for a vinegar quad
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Old 07-27-2013, 05:39 PM   #14
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+1 on tossing it. You can half ass your brewing by pitching a possibly infected starter, or you can strive to make the best beer possible with proper sanitization. You opted for making the best beer possible. Good call.

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Old 07-27-2013, 09:03 PM   #15
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I'd bet those foam stopper could keep the bugs out.

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Old 05-17-2014, 06:36 PM   #16
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I recently had the same experience with a starter of 3711 and I decided to pitch the starter anyway. The beer turned out great with no signs of infection. Just wanted to give a positive experience from someone who had gone the opposite route. (I know 5 gallons is a lot to risk on a questionable starter, but sometimes it's intresting to roll the dice and see what becomes of it.)

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