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Old 08-13-2010, 11:09 PM   #1
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We have had five days of temps over 103*. My order from AHS shipped Monday and arrived on my front porch on Wednesday. It was in the direct sun and 104* for probably 30 minutes or so plus all day in the back of a UPS truck and two day shipping from Texas. The little cold pack was long past being cold. This is a partial grain Blue Moon clone with White Labs 400 Belgian Wit yeast. I put the yeast and Wheat LME in the fridge when I got home. Last night I made a starter and went to bed. No apparent signs of fermentation but no worries yet. Today I made the second stage of the starter and added it to the growler.

Can I take a hydrometer reading of the starter to check for fermentation? I am worried that the yeast didn't survive this heat wave. I planned on brewing this Sunday but obviously not without live yeast.

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Old 08-13-2010, 11:53 PM   #2
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Sure you can do that. I've resorted to doing that when my starters seemed to do absolutely nothing. Luckily, each time I checked, they had fermented out or were just about finished, but it was good to know for sure.

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Well the yeast is dead. Absolutely no activity in the starter. Went to the LHBS and bought a Wyeast 3068 Weihenstephan Wheat. they didn't have any Belgian. Now another starter. Maybe still can brew tomorrow!

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