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Old 04-06-2012, 11:13 PM   #1
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Default Does this starter look right? (pics)

I made a 2L lager starter 4-5 days ago and hope to brew tomorrow morning or the next. However, I am worries since my starter looks cloudier than my ale starter, which cleared up very well. The brown detritus on the bottom also differs from my ale starter. Does it look OK? I am paranoid about brewing and would hate to pitch a jacked up starter. Thanks for any input!

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Old 04-06-2012, 11:14 PM   #2
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Whoops, saw my own spelling error there, meant to say "worried" ;-)

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Old 04-07-2012, 01:21 AM   #3
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Looks like maybe just yeast? With starters it helps to swirl them around every once in a while to keep the yeast in suspension and vent CO2. Did you use dry malt extract? Might be some that didn't dissolve into solution and has settled. If everything was sanitized and you didn't pitch too hot you should be fine. Lager yeast is a bottom fermenting yeast as well and may just like to hang out at the bottom.

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Old 04-07-2012, 01:59 AM   #4
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Thanks. Someone mentioned the brown stuff may just be cold break. I did follow all of the recommended starter directions as far as pitching temp, swirling occasionally etc.

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Old 04-07-2012, 03:18 AM   #5
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Looks fine to me. Sure, there is some break material setteled in there but lots of nice yeast.

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Old 04-07-2012, 03:45 PM   #6
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maybe not so much yeast at the bottom as I aspected in a 2L starter but anyway it looks fine to me!

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Old 04-07-2012, 04:02 PM   #7
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Thanks guys. I let it ferment for only about 12 hours sine I had to leave for work. Maybe that explains the amount of yeast. Thanks for the reassurance.

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if it were me i'd probably step this up a couple more times before you pitch - you'll probably need much more yeast for a lager

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Old 04-07-2012, 11:58 PM   #9
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What's with the container? Ball jars cost about as much as those Rubbermaid things and can actually be sterilized. You gotta use what you got, but I've never seen those used for anything other than leftovers.

And it looks fine to me.

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