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Old 07-24-2011, 03:36 PM   #1
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I had 2 packs of this yeast to make a starter with for my bock. When I opened the packages they smelled pretty bad. Is this normal? I went ahead and used a cup of DME with 1300ml of water and boiled that for 15 min. It's been 8 hours now and there's no activity in the starter flask. When I smacked the pack and let it sit for a while they both started to balloon up so I think they were good. How much longer should I wait? I've read this one is slow.

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Old 07-24-2011, 03:53 PM   #2
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I rarely see any 'activity' in my starters. The amount is not great enough, and ferments out way too fast.

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Old 07-24-2011, 04:43 PM   #3
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That's good to know. Should I take a hydrometer reading?

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If you have a nice milky layer of yeast on the bottom, I don't see why. Wouldn't hurt to take a reading since you will be dumping it anyway.

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So the starter really started to take off last night and all day today. It is still going strong with lots of bubbling and a white cake on the bottom of the vial. How long should I let it go before chilling and then decant for pitching? I will be pitching the slurry at the wort temp ~53F.

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Old 07-25-2011, 10:56 PM   #6
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I read most of the yeast is multiplied out around 48hrs maltosefalcon.com web site on yeast (excellent resource), I try to chill for 48hrs or longer before decanting but some time it is as little as 18hrs.

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just relax. 36 to 48 hours is typical. also, 2 smackpacks in 1.3L may be too high a concentration of yeast, leading to less growth.

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