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Old 03-04-2012, 10:15 PM   #1
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From the vial the yeast was clumpy. And after 36 hours in the yeast starter it is still clumpy. Wtf? If the yeast is bad, can I pitch another to save this 5 gallon batch?

White labs vial, CA ale yeast, WLP051.

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Old 03-04-2012, 11:14 PM   #2
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Some yeasts are just clumpy; I had this issue with a Belgian yeast. Fermentation went fine. As long as you are seeing activity in your starter, you should be okay. If the starter isn't going, the clumpiness is not likely the issue.

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Old 03-05-2012, 12:59 AM   #3
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Cool. I should be fine then.

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http://whitelabs.com/beer/strains_wlp051.html

Some ppl commented on the clumpiness (is that a word?) of this yeast. I think its a character of the strain. Unless it smells like satan's anus, pitch it!
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yeah, i wouldn't sweat it. a lot of yeasts do a lot of funny things. i have a starter of 1318 and the yeast on the bottom looks like cottage cheese.

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http://whitelabs.com/beer/strains_wlp051.html

Some ppl commented on the clumpiness (is that a word?) of this yeast. I think its a character of the strain. Unless it smells like satan's anus, pitch it!
Very funny! Thanks for the laugh.
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wlp002 is also very clumpy. It coagulates just like jello. When I first saw it I thought maybe it was super old or just bad in general, but it fermented like a champ. In my experience the yeast strains that coagulate or get clumpy tend to be very flocculant. With yeasts that have high flocculation the ferm temp and aeration are very important.

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wlp002 is also very clumpy. It coagulates just like jello. When i first saw it i thought maybe it was super old or just bad in general, but it fermented like a champ. In my experience the yeast strains that coagulate or get clumpy tend to be very flocculant. With yeasts that have high flocculation the ferm temp and aeration are very important.
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WLP029 I find to be quite clumpy too. Took me a lot of shaking the vial to get it all of it suspended.

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Woke up at 530 this morning. It seemed to be fermenting for a while. All is well.

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