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Old 02-01-2014, 01:01 AM   #11
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can anyone recommend a White Labs yeast to replace the Wyeast 1056 which I have apparently ruined. My LHBS carries White Lab. I'm brewing one way or another this sunday.

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Old 02-01-2014, 01:03 AM   #12
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White labs wlp001. Same thing. Or us-05 forms dry option.

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Old 02-01-2014, 05:40 AM   #13
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Hopefully brew day goes well for you. Chalk it up to learning. Also, these starters are easier when you can weigh out the DME. That way you can hit your starter og with greater precision.

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Old 02-01-2014, 09:37 AM   #14
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Hopefully brew day goes well for you. Chalk it up to learning. Also, these starters are easier when you can weigh out the DME. That way you can hit your starter og with greater precision.

+1 to this.

I forgot to mention the weighing earlier when I said make a proper starter.
10g of DME per 100mL of water will get you around 1.040.
Depending on the OG of your beer and the viability of your yeast, a 1-2 liter starter will be usually be enough.
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I have a non-starting starter. Boiled 3.2 oz DME in a quart of water, cooled, added my Wyeast pack. What I didn't do was strike it and let it sit. Instead I struck the pack then opened and poured into the wort.

No activity at all.

I'm going to pour off the wort since the yeast has settled into a nice, neat cake on the bottom of the jar, and try pouring another batch of starter wort on it. If this fails, then screw it. I have a batch ready to brew but want a healthy colony to pitch.


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I have a non-starting starter. Boiled 3.2 oz DME in a quart of water, cooled, added my Wyeast pack. What I didn't do was strike it and let it sit. Instead I struck the pack then opened and poured into the wort.

No activity at all.

I'm going to pour off the wort since the yeast has settled into a nice, neat cake on the bottom of the jar, and try pouring another batch of starter wort on it. If this fails, then screw it. I have a batch ready to brew but want a healthy colony to pitch.

How old was the wyeast pack? What strain? Those are good for 6-months from the mfg date on the pack.
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*Guaranteed 6-Mo from manufacturing. The yeast are likely still viable after that but you won't have the claimed cell count. When in doubt just make a starter.

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I didn't check the mfg date. My LHBS is pretty good with moving past-date yeast to the bargain bin. It was Wyeast 1056

I repitched the yeast to a new starter. Had a bit of activity but no where near what I want. Eh. Going with Safale-05 and the starter is going down the drain.


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Your not really going to see much activity really all the time,if you did a step starter then its probably good to go. Are you aerating or using a stirplate?

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it sounds like the starter is fine. The yeast will settle to the bottom of the jar when they finish eating the available sugar in the wort. They're just hanging out down there resting. Activity on a starter is usually not very noticeable and usually occurs pretty quickly. Perhaps you can check the gravity of the starter and see if it fermented to be sure, but it sounds like it's ok to me.

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