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Old 08-25-2012, 06:14 PM   #1
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Here is my yeast starter after 15 hours. Is this normal/acceptable?

It was just spun a little to aerate it. (since I have no stir plate).

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Old 08-25-2012, 06:50 PM   #2
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looks good

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Old 08-26-2012, 01:00 AM   #3
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Yup, looks good.

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Old 08-26-2012, 07:11 PM   #4
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Thank you! It is working quite amazingly! I am glad to have the support!

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In the first 12-24 hours, the yeast focus on using up all the oxygen and building their colony. You'll see some activity during that time, but it will really take off after that. Also keep in mind that a starter can ferment out quite rapidly, potentially overnight. So, a krausen can rise and drop and you might not see it.

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Old 08-26-2012, 08:50 PM   #6
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So my pumpkin ale O.G. was a little lower than my projected 1.065 and ended up at 1.050 or so. My yeast starter was pretty intense and the airlock looks like boiling water! Will this mean I will get a dry beer with a higher AbV?

It is still "boiling" currently. It's pretty cool.

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So my pumpkin ale O.G. was a little lower than my projected 1.065 and ended up at 1.050 or so. My yeast starter was pretty intense and the airlock looks like boiling water! Will this mean I will get a dry beer with a higher AbV?

It is still "boiling" currently. It's pretty cool.
If it was an extract kit them most likely you got a bad mix with top off water and your OG was probably what was expected

If your OG actually was lower as in a full boil with no top off or an AG recipe then the lower OG means lower ABV, not higher
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If it was an extract kit them most likely you got a bad mix with top off water and your OG was probably what was expected

If your OG actually was lower as in a full boil with no top off or an AG recipe then the lower OG means lower ABV, not higher
Yes that is true. But I was more worried that my yeast would do some extra work and then turn my pumpkin ale dry. I guess I could taste before the secondary and add ingredients then?
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Old 08-27-2012, 01:27 AM   #9
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If you overpitched a bit it does not mean the beer will finish dry. It does mean the yeast will not need to multiply as much before eating the wort.

I would think the yeast produced in this batch might be good to harvest and use for the next batch because they were not over worked and stressed.

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Old 08-27-2012, 01:46 AM   #10
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Thank you for the help. Now another noob question... (once this first batch is out of the way I'll know what I'm looking at for next batch.

Attached are a couple pictures. Am I bring paranoid about infection? This is beginning of second day in the primary and I took a peek. (different colors due to flash being on in second picture)

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