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Old 12-17-2009, 11:31 PM   #1
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I made this starter about 48 hrs ago. I usually let them go for 72 hours, then crash cool. It looked fine this morning.

How weird is this. Yeast everywhere:


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Old 12-18-2009, 12:01 AM   #2
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Have had this happen with a few aggressive yeasts/starters. One suggestion on the aluminum cap - I fold a square or almost rectangular piece of aluminum foil (say 8 x 11') over until it forms a square so it has a bit of thickness to it (around 3x3'). Spray it good with Star San while flat and then form it over the top of the flask and down the neck. When you grab the flask to stir the starter prior to placing it on the stirplate if you grab the foil and inch or so from the top of the flask around the neck this loosens up the foil but retains a barrier so that you perhaps won't get as much of a mess from the krausen. This has worked well for me. Montanaandy

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Old 12-18-2009, 12:47 AM   #4
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Have had this happen with a few aggressive yeasts/starters. One suggestion on the aluminum cap - I fold a square or almost rectangular piece of aluminum foil (say 8 x 11') over until it forms a square so it has a bit of thickness to it (around 3x3'). Spray it good with Star San while flat and then form it over the top of the flask and down the neck. When you grab the flask to stir the starter prior to placing it on the stirplate if you grab the foil and inch or so from the top of the flask around the neck this loosens up the foil but retains a barrier so that you perhaps won't get as much of a mess from the krausen. This has worked well for me. Montanaandy
+1 I do the same thing...works like a charm
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Use a foam control product.

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Old 12-18-2009, 04:03 AM   #6
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Use a foam control product.
ditto...fermcap
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is it sitting on a stir plate? If so it shouldn't foam

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is it sitting on a stir plate? If so it shouldn't foam
Mine do, especially if I use WLP001 without fermcap.
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Mine do, especially if I use WLP001 without fermcap.
I used that yeast on my last starter and wow, lots of foam. No stirplate but I would spin the flask around every time I walked by it.
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It also helps when your boiling in your flask.
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