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CBlack 01-04-2013 01:28 PM

Fermenting question
 
Brewed and put in fermenter 5 G of Satsuma IPA approx. 4pm New Years day.

I used a starter of WL001 which had been stewing for a couple of days (inadvertently).

It took 36 hours before the action started and is still only bubbling every 16-17 seconds or so.

My question is: Do I pitch some dry yeast to get her going or let it do its thing? I know WL001 is active and a lot of people say it takes off immediately. But close to 3 days now isn't cutting it.

Thanks

unionrdr 01-04-2013 01:35 PM

I read a thread on here recently that talked about shocking the yeast,starter or rehydrated. It has to do with the temp difference between the warmer rehydrate & the wort temp being cooler. They say no more than a 10 degree difference. I think it's true,since mine was alittle lackluster as well. Wort temp was 66F,rehydrate was 90F. oops...

Demus 01-04-2013 01:39 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by CBlack (Post 4745735)
Brewed and put in fermenter 5 G of Satsuma IPA approx. 4pm New Years day.

I used a starter of WL001 which had been stewing for a couple of days (inadvertently).

It took 36 hours before the action started and is still only bubbling every 16-17 seconds or so.

My question is: Do I pitch some dry yeast to get her going or let it do its thing? I know WL001 is active and a lot of people say it takes off immediately. But close to 3 days now isn't cutting it.

Thanks

What do you mean by stewing for a couple days? Describe also your starter process...

WoodlandBrew 01-04-2013 01:39 PM

I would just let it do its thing. It might be a little slow, but it should finish fine.

CBlack 01-04-2013 02:36 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Demus (Post 4745769)
What do you mean by stewing for a couple days? Describe also your starter process...

First time doing it so my I asked my local brew store proprietor.

He gave me a 2-3 G container which had some residuals of malt extract in it. He said to run hot water in it, pitch the yeast, shake it up thoroughly and leave the cap on but not tight in order to let a bit of air escape if need be.

"Stewing"...leaving it in the container for a couple of days.

twistr25 01-04-2013 02:40 PM

How hot of water? That seems like bad directions... Most yeast don't like over 85 or so.

CBlack 01-04-2013 02:57 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by twistr25 (Post 4746014)
How hot of water? That seems like bad directions... Most yeast don't like over 85 or so.

That's what I thought.

Tap water hot...probably 120-130.

twistr25 01-04-2013 02:59 PM

Well that's probably another reason you had a slow start, you didn't have much viable yeast in your starter.

Demus 01-04-2013 04:38 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by CBlack (Post 4745999)
First time doing it so my I asked my local brew store proprietor.

He gave me a 2-3 G container which had some residuals of malt extract in it. He said to run hot water in it, pitch the yeast, shake it up thoroughly and leave the cap on but not tight in order to let a bit of air escape if need be.

"Stewing"...leaving it in the container for a couple of days.

Seriously? He told you to make a starter with left over extract??? That's a local store I'd never visit again!!! Starters need to made from sterile wort or else you are propagating all the other beasties just as much, if not more than your intended yeast. I really have no idea why he would offer such horrible advice....

unionrdr 01-04-2013 04:43 PM

If the container was kept covered,it probably be ok. And most give rehydration temps of between 90-105F. I did it at 90F,& it was the thickest yeast cream to date. But you have to get it down to within 10 degrees or so of current wort temp so you don't shock it. That's the piece of the puzzle I've been missing till that thread about rehydrating yeast kills?.


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