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Old 09-28-2008, 02:33 AM   #1
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So I was making the wort for my starter this evening and I grabbed the yeast packet and cut it open to get the nutrient packet out of it. I added a bit of the nutrient to the wort like the manufacturers website says and when I turned around the packet had spilt a little bit. I grabbed a spatula and scraped it into a sterile measuring cup. Can I still use this for my starter or am a FUBAR? Thanks

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Old 09-28-2008, 02:38 AM   #2
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Did it spill on the counter or floor?
Is there gerbil hair in it?

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Old 09-28-2008, 02:40 AM   #3
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On the counter, no hair or foreign objects from what I could tell. I made sure to filter it before pitching it in the wort. Its on my stirplate running as we speak.

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I'm sure it'll be fine.

Somewhere here on HBT is a thread about a guy dropping his yeast on the basement/garage floor and picking it about as clean as he could.

Or maybe that was the albino on youtube, I don't know. I think I need another bomber of Scotch Ale.

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Especially since you're doing a starter, a few hundred thousand yeast cells lost wouldn't be such a big deal. I'd have left out the little bit that spilled. The yeast are going to more than make up for it in the starter.

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Yeah I probably should have left them on the counter but the recipe is high OG and calls for alot of yeast. Without a starter the Mr. Malty yeast calculator said I'd need 2.5 packages of the yeast. I am already gonna be short since my starter will probably only yield 1000ml of wort and yeast. With the starter I needed something like 1.25 ltrs of yeast for a 5 gallon brew. I dunno I really hope there is no foreign bacteria in there that messes up my brew. I'm not gonna be a happy camper if there is.

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Yeah I probably should have left them on the counter but the recipe is high OG and calls for alot of yeast. Without a starter the Mr. Malty yeast calculator said I'd need 2.5 packages of the yeast. I am already gonna be short since my starter will probably only yield 1000ml of wort and yeast. With the starter I needed something like 1.25 ltrs of yeast for a 5 gallon brew. I dunno I really hope there is no foreign bacteria in there that messes up my brew. I'm not gonna be a happy camper if there is.
Then step up your starter once it gets going and make the 1.25 litres of starter. IIRC, Mr. Malty outlines that procedure too.
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Then step up your starter once it gets going and make the 1.25 litres of starter. IIRC, Mr. Malty outlines that procedure too.
I only have a 1000ml flask or otherwise I would have.
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Ahh, I see. Remember you can step it up with any glass container that has a flat bottom. i.e. 1/2 gal jugs.

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Well I let her go over night and see how much foam there is on the top in the morning. I started it at around 750ml of wort and the yeast bumped it up to about 850ml. Depending on how much it foams I might have room to step it up in the 1000ml flask since I only really need about 250ml more. This is the first time I've brewed and I'm a total n00b so its all a learning process. I have the air going right now to keep the room temp @ 70 degrees and the fan above the stirplate should suck cold air to that part of the room. The temperature thing is going to be tricky since I'm in Michigan and one day its 80 and the next its 60. The OG was around 1.40 like previous posters had suggest so that was good. How long will it take until I'll see this foaming?

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