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skifast1 03-18-2006 01:35 PM

Dead/slow starter?
Hi all- tried my first starter batch last night and after 12 hours, there's no sign of any activity. I can see some sediment at the bottom of the growler, but there aren't any bubbles or surface activity (i.e. bubbles). The other threads on starters have suggested lots of activity as soon as 5 hours after pitching the yeast. Am I just being too impatient?

FWIW, I used White Labs yeast that was a week past it's 'best by' date, but I did make sure the DME solution was cooled and aerated it in the grower.


El Pistolero 03-18-2006 01:48 PM

Sometimes starters don't show much activity at all. If you have more yeast sediment on the bottom than you started with, then the starter has worked. But with your vial being a little old, you shouldn't be too surprised if it takes a while for the yeast to get going...I'd keep shaking that sucker once an hour and wait another twelve at least to see if it doesn't wake up a bit.

homebrewer_99 03-18-2006 01:48 PM

Give it a couple of swirls. Does it foam up? If so then it's ready.

The lack of any visual activity could be due to the temp of the jug you're using. I use a growler and place it on my gas stove right near the pilot light to keep it on the warm side. I do the same for my meads in the primary because it stays at 72F.

skifast1 03-18-2006 02:21 PM

Good to know - i'm keeping it on the main floor of my house (instead of the cooler basement) to keep the temp up, but I'll give it a few swirls & shakes to give it a little kickstart.

FWIW, the White Labs vial fizzed up very vigorously when I opened after shaking. I took that as a good sign.

homebrewer_99 03-18-2006 02:38 PM

...as I would also...

skifast1 03-18-2006 08:37 PM

Well it's looking better - about a 1/8th inch layer of foam on top, and swirling the jug gets quite a bit of gas through the lock. Looks like I just had a slow starter.

Brewsmith 03-18-2006 08:50 PM

Looks like all is well. What are you brewing?

Brewsmith 03-18-2006 08:51 PM

Ok, I just read your sig. I'm guessing the Wee Heavy. :D

homebrewer_99 03-18-2006 08:58 PM


Originally Posted by Maestro Brewsmith
Ok, I just read your sig. I'm guessing the Wee Heavy. :D

I just went to your pics...the one of you playing the tuba. You must be a hit with the neighbors when you've had a few too many HBs and you want to rock out late at night with Uncle Ted's Cat Scratch Fever....:drunk: (what I'm currently listening to...)

Brewsmith 03-18-2006 09:23 PM

It doesn't get played much at home, although I do have an orchestra concert tonight. I play in a community orchestra near my work. A friend of mine from college is the director.

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