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Old 12-30-2011, 03:26 PM   #1
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any ill effects on my brew if i pitch my starter while its fully active?

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Old 12-30-2011, 03:34 PM   #2
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Nope... that is an issue that is debated as to the efficacy of doing it that way versus allowing it to ferment out. But you certainly won't have any ill effects. I often do it that way myself.

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Old 12-30-2011, 03:38 PM   #3
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would you bother to decant or toss the whole flask?

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Old 12-30-2011, 03:43 PM   #4
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If at high krausen I'd toss the whole flask, since there are a lot of active yeast cells in suspension. If you want to decant, you should chill it in the fridge for several hours first.

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Old 12-30-2011, 03:47 PM   #5
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thanks for reply. my stirbar is in one of my fermenters right now and I am doing the periodic shaking. I made the starter last nite and plan to brew manana. I usually stir plate for 24 hours then chill the last evening before removing from frig on brew day. But you are right, there is still a bunch of yeasties in suspension, I may just toss the entire contents tomorrow.

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Old 12-30-2011, 04:35 PM   #6
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I think that's the best way as long as it's not a huge starter. That is what Jamil says he does.

My last batch I used the same wort. I cooled it down to 60, pulled about 750ml and pitch WLP320 into it. A few hours later I pitched the starter (at low krausen.) I wanted to keep the pitch rate fairly low but also wanted to pitch active yeast. It was going strong in less than eight hours.

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Old 12-30-2011, 06:06 PM   #7
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thanks for the advice, not a huge starter, just regular sized.

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