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Old 01-28-2013, 02:03 AM   #1
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Default Ok to wait to pitch yeast starter?

I just got done brewing a 3gal saison but the yeast starter, doesn't look ready yet. The yeast is Wyeast 3711, sat on the stirplate for 36 hours, put it in the fridge about 6 hours ago and only looks 1/2 clear.

Can I wait till tomorrow to pitch the yeast?

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Old 01-28-2013, 02:09 AM   #2
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what is the volume of the starter? If its under 1000ml I would just pitch it now. Is there a big layer of yeast at the bottom of the starter? Thats what you are really concerned about getting into the beer. Most saison strains stay in suspension for a long time... meaning they dont floc out fast.

If you do have a nice yeast cake on the bottom then you can decant some of the "beer" off the cake by SLOWLY pouring it out. Then give the starter a good shake to get the yeast back into suspension then pitch into your wort.

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1500ml starter. There is a fair amount of yeast at the bottom, just not as much as I am used to seeing from a White Labs starter.

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next time put it in the fridge 48 hours before you brew. 6 hours is not enough time for everything to settle out. Most starters especially on a stir plate will finish up within 24 hours.

I would pitch the whole thing now. I wouldnt wait. thats me though

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Thanks for the advice. I poured as much of the clear liquid as I could off the top and pitched it.

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