Originally Posted by puttster
That is what I was thinking but since I don't know you (sorry)how can I verify 50 deg won't damage the yeast?
How long can the beer last in saran wrap? It might be a couple of days before I find a bench capper.
Fifty degrees will only let the yeast go dormant. As soon as they are rewarmed their back to work.
Only freezing will damage the yeast. Then it is only 10% that may lose viability. Lagering temperatures are within 5° of freezing and the yeast are ready to go back to work bottle conditioning When warmed.
I have been using a Super Agata bench capper for about 5 to 6 years. No problems with it at all.
Your beer will be safe using sanitized foil or plastic wrap. Not quite the same as making a starter, but few starters have been contaminated while covered with foil.