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Old 09-05-2012, 05:58 PM   #1
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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?



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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.



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

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

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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
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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).

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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"


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