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Old 04-07-2013, 10:59 PM   #1
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I make one gallon batches and pitch 1/2 vial of White Labs each time. I poured 1/2 vial into a sterilized (with Iodophor) mason jar and I am going to pitch in about 30 minutes. I just picked up the mason jar and noticed a black speck in the slurry. Should I pitch this yeast or toss it? are there ever specks in these vials?

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Old 04-08-2013, 12:36 AM   #2
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How long did you let the starter ferment out? Does it smell or taste bad? If it smells and tastes fine, pitch it.

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??? spoon out the speck and a little around it??? then pitch?? I don't know, it depends on what I might think the speck was.

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^ Scoop it out and proceed as planned.

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I didn't make a starter. It was straight out of the WLP007 vial into a mason jar. I looked closely at the remaining yeast in the vial vial and noticed there were a couple of little black specks in there as well. I did use a sanitized spoon to try to pick out the couple little black specks in the mason jar. I went ahead and pitched yesterday and it is happily blowing off this morning. Time will tell what happens. Thanks for the advice.

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