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Old 06-06-2011, 05:54 PM   #1
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I made a 2L starter on Friday and put it on my stirplate, expecting to brew today (Monday). However, life got in the way and now I probably can't brew until next weekend at the earliest. Should I leave it on the stir plate, toss it in the fridge, or something else? Thanks for any help, I don't have much experience with starters yet!

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Old 06-06-2011, 05:58 PM   #2
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Put it in the fridge.

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Old 06-06-2011, 06:24 PM   #3
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A little saran wrap cover and the fridge are all you need. I just finished primary fermentation with a started the was in the fridge for 6 weeks. Just let it warm up a day or so in advance.

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I have one of those foam stoppers in it now. Should I still saran wrap?

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Yep. Take out the stopper and secure tightly with plastic wrap or foil.

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No just leave the foam stopper in there it will be fine.

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I leave the foam stopper in and cover loosely with aluminum foil when I do this. I figure that when the air inside the flask is cooled, it will contract, drawing in air from the refrigerator, so the foam stopper will filter that air and prevent bacteria from being pulled into the flask.

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you'll be fine with saran wrap. if longer than a week I would guess you can just purge the container with co2 then store for months.

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