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Old 12-19-2012, 02:26 AM   #1
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Is that yeast on the outside? I'f so, what are the chances this starter is done for? There is still a small cake at the bottom, just not sure if I should pitch this or not.

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That's yeast on the outside. I would clean off the outside and sanitize. You can pitch it after cleaning and sanitizing but your cell count is lower than it should have been since some is on the outside.

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That's yeast on the outside. I would clean off the outside and sanitize. You can pitch it after cleaning and sanitizing but your cell count is lower than it should have been since some is on the outside.
I don't even know if it is worth pitching though. The entire outside was coated.
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You still have a bunch in the flask. I would just clean it and use it. Now, if it's a lager, I would also just decant and step it up one more time to be sure.

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You still have a bunch in the flask. I would just clean it and use it. Now, if it's a lager, I would also just decant and step it up one more time to be sure.
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The reason this happened was lots of yeast activity.
The yeast wasn't concentrated on the top and all lost, the whole volume of liquid should have had yeast in it.
You have less yeast than before the blowout, but far more than you started with.

When a fermenting bucket blow off tube spews its mess, the beer keeps fermenting because there is still plenty of yeast in the wort.
Same thing.

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That's a neat pic. Looks like yeast frosty. What yeast is it?

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That's a neat pic. Looks like yeast frosty. What yeast is it?
White labs California ale. No nutrients just a cup of dme. Came home to a counter full of yeast throw up!
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Cali Ale yeast top crops like crazy, you probably lost a good chunk of yeast.

What you have in your flask is totally fine, the only question is how much yeast did you lose out of the top. I'd guess you probably have about half as many cells as you planed on having. If you planned on having 200mil cells, you now have 100m.

Definitely don't throw that away, you have at the least a full vial's worth of healthy cells. Depending on the gravity of the beer you're about to brew, I'd either use it as is, or step it up, and ferment it a little cooler to keep it from foaming over.

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Cali Ale yeast top crops like crazy, you probably lost a good chunk of yeast.

What you have in your flask is totally fine, the only question is how much yeast did you lose out of the top. I'd guess you probably have about half as many cells as you planed on having. If you planned on having 200mil cells, you now have 100m.

Definitely don't throw that away, you have at the least a full vial's worth of healthy cells. Depending on the gravity of the beer you're about to brew, I'd either use it as is, or step it up, and ferment it a little cooler to keep it from foaming over.
Thanks for the info. I pitched it last night as it was made for a fairly low gravity beer. It has been fermenting away since last night.
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