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Old 07-09-2006, 12:47 AM   #1
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Default Issues with my starter....

Ok whipped up a starter last night of some WPL001 and and its now been about 18 hrs and I still see no activity. I use a stirplate and have always seen activity long before this. I got the yeast at a local(ish) brewshop. Is this a bad vial or is there still hope?

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Old 07-09-2006, 01:34 AM   #2
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"Adding a quarter teaspoon of yeast nutrient (vitamins, biotin, and dead yeast cells) to the starter wort is always advisable to ensure good growth." From John Palmer's online book.

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Old 07-09-2006, 01:48 AM   #3
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It sounds like a bad bottle. Doesn't happen very often, but 18 hours on a stir plate should be showing activity.

Summer in the mid-west makes for dead yeast. The only times I've had deaders were during hot spells.

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Old 07-09-2006, 01:41 PM   #4
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You could be correct. Ive had to pitch wyeast 3184 sweet mead two times on the same five gal. batch. One from the smack pack and the second from a starter but still the same activity.

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Old 07-09-2006, 05:31 PM   #5
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Another reason to keep some US-56 on hand. I've had quicker activity with it than all of the starters I've used.

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Old 07-09-2006, 06:51 PM   #6
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ok tell me what the US-56 is?

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Old 07-09-2006, 07:17 PM   #7
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It's a dry yeast that's very neutral, and a good backup yeast to have in an emergency if there's no LHBS or you just don't wanna go to the store:

http://morebeer.com/product.html?product_id=16432

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Old 07-09-2006, 11:01 PM   #8
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cool, thanks ill have to get some on my next order.

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