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Old 09-08-2007, 05:56 PM   #1
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Default 2 diff. vials of yeast...starter?

preparing to brew a version of Striking Gold Belgian Strong Ale that calls for two different yeasts (WLP570 and WLP 500) with a target OG of 1.077

with two complete (but different) vials of yeast, would a starter be necessary?

btw...I'm planning on brewing a similar version as soon as this one leaves the primary, using that yeast cake. too much yeast?

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Old 09-08-2007, 06:04 PM   #2
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I've combined strains before, but never two whole WL vials. I don't see why it would be an issue to make a starter with both strains though.

As for pitching on the yeast cake - it will be fine. I do this fromm time to time. I'd recommend that you attach a blowoff tube when you pitch on an existing cake. I've used the same cake as may as 4 times and not had an issue other than explosive fermentation.



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appreciate the reply, ohiobrewtus.

when pitching on the yeast cake, did you do anything to clear out the previous trub?

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If the styles are similar you don't have to worry about trub from the previous batch.

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Take a look at: http://www.mrmalty.com/calc/calc.html

With a OG of 1.077, you would need 3 vials or 2 vials with a 1.69L starter.

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appreciate the replies. folks!

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brewed that up yesterday and had an OG of 1.076. pitched the vials @ 78°F at 3:30 PM and this morning (5:30 AM) it was bubbling away!

Thanks again for the help/encouragement!

this is only my second batch.



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