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Old 08-10-2011, 03:16 AM   #1
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Default Lager Starter not Starting?

I'm getting ready to brew my first Lager and I prepared a 1.5 L starter with 1.5 cups ldme, pitched my wyeast, let it set at ~75F for 36 hrs and I have had it at 52 F for ~36 hrs and there is no noticeable fermentation. Am I just being impatient or is this typical of lagers? Before you ask I didn't check the o.g. I know, my bad.

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Old 08-10-2011, 10:12 AM   #2
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After 72 hours, you should see some slurry at the bottom of your starter. I'd say go ahead an brew with it.

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Old 08-11-2011, 04:53 PM   #3
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All is good. Checked it last night and it's starting to show some activity.

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With my lager starters it's not uncommon to see very little or no krausen, but after 5 days or so I have a nice yeast cake form at the bottom.

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It can be hard to tell if a starter is going. When I have doubt, I decant the liquid off the top into a sterile container and measure the gravity.

If the gravity has not dropped, then I can easily add the wort back in.

If the gravity dropped, I can step it up by adding more wort.

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