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Old 09-12-2008, 03:56 PM   #1
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I made my first starter last night. According to the directions on the wyeast propogator pack, boiled 2cups LME in ~2L water. Cooled. Pitched. I took the pack out of the fridge & smacked it about 3 hrs before i pitched. I believe it was starting to swell, but it wasn't completely ballooned like the last activator pack I used.
I woke up this morning and... nothing. I don't have an airlock on it - only tin foil, so i don't know if there is technically any CO2 being produced, but it was completely still - no activity at all. Every time I've brewed before, I always woke up to a bubbling airlock.

It also occurred to me that this is the first time I used tap water as opposed to spring water. Is it possible the chloramines in my tap water have killed the yeast?

Who knows - maybe i'll get home tonight to a flurry of fermentation. I just thought it was weird

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Old 09-12-2008, 03:57 PM   #2
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No startes I have made have ever shown significant fermentation. Sometimes they do. The best way to determine if the starter is working is to look at the bottom of the container and see if a layer of yeast is accumulating.

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Old 09-12-2008, 04:03 PM   #3
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No startes I have made have ever shown significant fermentation. Sometimes they do. The best way to determine if the starter is working is to look at the bottom of the container and see if a layer of yeast is accumulating.
you know - there was a layer of sediment at the bottom - I just figured it was trub & stuff that settled out of the wort, but it was made from DME without any hops. Maybe that was it. No kreusen at all though.
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I'll bet it's just fine.

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I'll bet it's just fine.
+1 to that!
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Old 09-12-2008, 04:19 PM   #6
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+1 to that!
Hope so

I was just expecting to see something like this:
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I'm with the others. I've only every had one kind of active starter and that was with hefe yeast.

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I had a similar incident. I thought the world was going to end because i didn't see krausen in my starter. But it was fine.

See this thread => http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f13/starter-fail-73599/

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I had a similar incident. I thought the world was going to end because i didn't see krausen in my starter. But it was fine.

See this thread => http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f13/starter-fail-73599/
so your starter kicked up a few days later?
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