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Old 10-12-2011, 11:10 PM   #1
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I have some floating chains of something in my glass yeast starter. Some look like the top of a palmtree and others just look like a floating chain of an organism. Can't really take a good picture of it but my concern is whether its my Ale yeast or a different bacteria. The yeast is bottle sediment that I poured into sugar water

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Old 10-12-2011, 11:19 PM   #2
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First, adding yeast to plain sugar water will reduce its ability to consume maltose. THis is bad. If you want to harvest from a bottle, first let the bottle settle in your fridge for several weeks, then open and pour all but the last oz or so into a glass. Then flame the bottle opening and pour into a 1.030 starter made with dme or lme. You will have to step up the starter several times in order to grow enough yeast for a 5 gallon batch. Also keep in mind that professional breweries don't necessarily bottle with the same yeast they use for fermentation.

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Old 10-13-2011, 12:52 AM   #3
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Ok thanks

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