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Old 03-25-2010, 11:12 PM   #1
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Looking for some thoughts/advice...

I had a bit of an overflow in my starter while at work today. I'd say the puddle was about a quarter to a third of a cup, maybe a bit less. I'm sure there was some yeast carried out with the foam. Not sure if it was a lot or a little.

Its a 2.3L starter of english ale yeast (WL002) in a 3L container, hopefully going into a 1.070 OG brew this weekend.

What's my best course of action? Go with whatever I have in the starter or maybe get another vial to pitch in addition to the starter? I've never had any overflow in a starter so I have no idea what it's going to do to my pitching rate...

Thanks in advance!

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Old 03-25-2010, 11:21 PM   #2
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How long has the starter been going?

Since you still have a day or two until brewing, maybe you make a little more wort and pour it in?

Either way though I bet you're fine.

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Its about 24 hours at this point.

My initial reaction was just to RDWHAHB and pitch the starter as normal. But then I started second guessing myself and worrying that a huge bunch of yeast got carried out and I'll be setting myself up to really underpitch.

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Same thing happened to me on a 3L starter of Kolsch yeast I was going to pitch into a 10g batch. There was a ton of thick, creamy liquid all over the place...probably 1/2 cup. I was going to call off the brew day because of it. I didn't. I pitched it and everything turned out fine. In fact, I think this Kolsch is one of my favorites.

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Its about 24 hours at this point.

My initial reaction was just to RDWHAHB and pitch the starter as normal. But then I started second guessing myself and worrying that a huge bunch of yeast got carried out and I'll be setting myself up to really underpitch.
Exactly my train of thought...pitch it dawg.
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Exactly the kind of story I was hoping to hear to put my mind at ease.

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...pitch it dawg
(dare I say it)...Doctor's Orders
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