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beerbeerbeer123 02-08-2013 11:33 AM

strands floating in starter
 
I just checked out my starter i made a few days ago that i had in the fridge to cold crash and i noticed strands floating around...I am always very careful when handling yeast..I sanatize my hands with isopropyl before touching anything..Sanatize everything that comes in contact with the wort...I want to put a pic up but its hard to see even in person..I thought it was hair at first..These tiny thin strands some bigger then others..the yeast cake looks decent some darker layers..I dont know what happened..How can i prevent this contamination from happening in the future..It not possible to clean/sanatize more then i already do..This is a dumper isn't it?

beerbeerbeer123 02-09-2013 05:38 AM

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Here is a picture of the starter but those fiberous strands cannot be seen on the photo...Could it be nothing and im freaking out? Cause it looks fine to me in the pic but upclose those things look like nothing i have ever seen in a starter or main batch

Komodo 02-09-2013 03:12 PM

Can't see anything in the photos. Ropey like strands are likely a bacterial infection, dextrines, proteins. I had a pilsner in a carboy that some but i bottled it anyway and it was n't bad. I am not one to advocate dumping batches, but having strands in a starter would make me nervous.

beerbeerbeer123 02-09-2013 07:42 PM

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Originally Posted by Komodo (Post 4884206)
Can't see anything in the photos. Ropey like strands are likely a bacterial infection, dextrines, proteins. I had a pilsner in a carboy that some but i bottled it anyway and it was n't bad. I am not one to advocate dumping batches, but having strands in a starter would make me nervous.

The strands are very tiny..A bacteria infection would most likely cause a film or pellicle correct?

Komodo 02-12-2013 02:50 AM

I think so yes. Couldn't see anything in your pics. Mine werent tiny but larger rope strands.


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