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zach1288 09-05-2012 05:58 PM

Is this how a yeast starter should look?
 
Does this yeast starter look correct? I did not see any bubbles like I normally do when I make starters. If the yeast has flocculated does that mean they are ready?

http://img585.imageshack.us/img585/9569/photovuu.jpg

Keithww 09-05-2012 06:00 PM

That looks good to me. Did you use a stir plate? That looks like mine about 10 minutes after I take it off the stir plate.

bobbrewedit 09-05-2012 06:05 PM

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Originally Posted by Keithww
That looks good to me. Did you use a stir plate? That looks like mine about 10 minutes after I take it off the stir plate.

Looks good to me too. If its been more than 24 hours u could "cap" it with your hand....bung...or something, swirl it and see if it releases co2 pressure.

zach1288 09-05-2012 06:18 PM

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Originally Posted by Keithww (Post 4388839)
That looks good to me. Did you use a stir plate? That looks like mine about 10 minutes after I take it off the stir plate.

No stir plate. I just have been shaking it every time I pass it in the house.

rhamilton 09-05-2012 06:20 PM

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Originally Posted by zach1288 (Post 4388893)
No stir plate. I just have been shaking it every time I pass it in the house.

Yep don't mess with it like the poster above recommended (like putting your nappy hands all over the opening) -- the sediment at the bottom is your indicator that your yeast is happy and reproducing without going into full fermentation mode -- which is why you don't get bubbles/krausen/yeast currents.

Jaehnig 09-05-2012 06:21 PM

Looks like mine did and mine went off like crazy. Lol.

terrapinj 09-05-2012 06:24 PM

the little ring of bubbles around the edge is usually the most common sign of fermentation that I see with my starters

bobbrewedit 09-05-2012 06:25 PM

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Originally Posted by rhamilton

Yep don't mess with it like the poster above recommended (like putting your nappy hands all over the opening) -- the sediment at the bottom is your indicator that your yeast is happy and reproducing without going into full fermentation mode.

Guess I should have been more specific...I assume u have foil or something similar covering the top...Covering the foil with your "nappy" hands would merely reassure you that you have active yeast :)

Golddiggie 09-05-2012 06:27 PM

How long ago did you make the starter?? Without a stirplate, it could take a few days to complete (depending on what you do to/with it). With a stirplate, it would be finished within 24 hours (ale yeast strains at least).

rhamilton 09-05-2012 06:28 PM

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Originally Posted by bobbrewedit (Post 4388916)
Covering the foil with your "nappy" hands would merely reassure you that you have active yeast :)

Yea that makes more sense. And srry -- I'm just pissed because I came home from Labor Day to two infected batches. This months theme: "Excessive Sanitation" :mug:


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