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Old 02-11-2013, 11:13 PM   #1
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How long can a starter sit out before going in the fridge? I got one going on fri night expecting to brew on sun but now I'm delayed till this coming weekend. Is my starter okay just sitting out or should I refrigerate? And if so why...

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Old 02-12-2013, 02:18 AM   #2
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I don't think that a week at room temperature will hurt it much. But if you're talking about a large starter in a lighter/cleaner beer (usually a lager), you probably should be decanting it and in that case, you probably need to refrigerate anyway. I've see some advice that says anything greater than 5% volume of the beer should be decanted.

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Old 02-12-2013, 02:44 AM   #3
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I would refrigerate, pour off all but 1" or so of the beer, then pitch directly from fridge.

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