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Old 03-25-2011, 12:37 AM   #1
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I used my first vial of White Labs yeast today to make a starter.

Question: How do all of you brewing gurus get the yeast out of the vial without making a huge mess? Mine was solid halfway up the vial and I had to use a spoon handle to scoop out as much as I could. Shaking it around with wort did absolutely nothing.

Was something off with my vial or am I just a stupid noob?

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Old 03-25-2011, 12:40 AM   #2
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In a word, yes.

But, if you're following standard procedures (and it sounds like you are because you're making a starter), the yeast will have a few days to multiply and return to a good viability level. RDWHAHB.

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Old 03-25-2011, 01:14 AM   #3
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Was it frozen? usually best to crack the seal, warm it up, then release pressure and shake the crap out of it to mix.

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Only used WL once and I don't remember that being a problem. I warmed it, shook it and it poured out.

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I always stick it in my pocket for an hour or so to warm it up, then just shake it up right before I pour it, never had a problem.

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I always stick it in my pocket for an hour or so to warm it up, then just shake it up right before I pour it, never had a problem.
Exactly what I do. lol
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I've had some White Labs vials that I warmed for several hours and still had to shake for several minutes to break up the yeast cake at the bottom of the vial. I don't remember ever having to scoop it out, but I may have done that in the past.

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What was the date on the vial? I've not had that issue.... yet. Glad you made a starter though....not sure what pitching that particular bottle would have done if you didn't make a starter. Make sure you give your starter a REAL good swirl from time to time to keep things active!

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It seems like the higher flocculating yeasts tend to be harder to break up by shaking... but it can be done.

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What was the date on the vial? I've not had that issue.... yet. Glad you made a starter though....not sure what pitching that particular bottle would have done if you didn't make a starter. Make sure you give your starter a REAL good swirl from time to time to keep things active!
The date on the bottle is June 24th and it's Irish Ale 004. It was up to room temp, but all of the yeast was compacted and there wasn't nearly enough liquid to shake it up. I am glad made a starter on a stir plate. I will try storing the vial on its side next time to avoid this mess. I should have taken a picture.
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