Kegconnection Complete Starter Kit and More Giveaway!


Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Beginners Beer Brewing Forum > Yeast starter not doing much, bad yeast?

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 05-22-2009, 02:38 PM   #1
spartanchip
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 20
Default Yeast starter not doing much, bad yeast?

This is my 4th batch using White Labs yeast and have made starters with all of them. This one however is not seeming to act the same as the other ones did, i am starting to wonder if these yeast might not be too lively. I made the starter over 36 hours ago and am still not seeing a ton of action just a very thin layer of sediment on the bottom (quite a small amount i would think for a 1.75L starter), i am occasionally shaking it up to aerate it more.

forgot to mention that the OG is 1.060 so that is the reason for my large starter

this is the yeast and it is for a Summer Saison Belgian Ale.


White Labs Belgian Style Saison Ale Blend WLP568

i checked mr malty to determine the size of my starter, i made a starter that is approx, 1.75L and has about 2 cups of light DME in it, yeast was pitched at about 70* aerated and covered with sanatized tin foil...

thanks, i was planning on brewing this tomorrow


cheers

__________________

Primary I: air :(
Primary II: Edwort's Apfelwein (4.16.2009)
Primary III: air :(


Bottle Conditioning: Vanilla Bourbon Porter (8.3.09)
Drinking: AHS Irish Red Ale, AHS Summer Saison Belgian Ale

On Deck: AHS Texas Blonde


Last edited by spartanchip; 05-22-2009 at 02:40 PM. Reason: added OG
spartanchip is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 05-22-2009, 02:42 PM   #2
TelemarkBrew
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Stamford, CT
Posts: 143
Default

does it foam when you shake it? is the liquid cloudy looking?

__________________
TelemarkBrew is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 05-22-2009, 02:51 PM   #3
spartanchip
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 20
Default

yes it does foam when i shake it, and it is pretty cloudy, i sure can't see through it that is for sure

__________________

Primary I: air :(
Primary II: Edwort's Apfelwein (4.16.2009)
Primary III: air :(


Bottle Conditioning: Vanilla Bourbon Porter (8.3.09)
Drinking: AHS Irish Red Ale, AHS Summer Saison Belgian Ale

On Deck: AHS Texas Blonde

spartanchip is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 05-22-2009, 03:34 PM   #4
TelemarkBrew
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Stamford, CT
Posts: 143
Default

to me, it would seem that the yeast is working away then. you don't always get any krausen with starters. If its cloudy the yeast are in suspension, as wort will clear fairly quickly if left sitting.

__________________
TelemarkBrew is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 05-22-2009, 03:36 PM   #5
Revvy
Post Hoc Ergo Propter Hoc
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Revvy's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: "Detroitish" Michigan
Posts: 40,803
Liked 2710 Times on 1629 Posts
Likes Given: 3484

Default

I have only ever gotten 1 krauzen in all my starters and bottle harvesting...all that matters is if you see a band of creamy white yeast in the bottom of the flask, NOT whether or not you see anything on top.

It may have come and gone while you weren't looking for all you know...

__________________

Like my snazzy new avatar? Get Sons of Zymurgy swag, here, and brew with the best.

Revvy's one of the cool reverends. He has a Harley and a t-shirt that says on the back "If you can read this, the bitch was Raptured. - Madman

I gotta tell ya, just between us girls, that Revvy is HOT. Very tall, gorgeous grey hair and a terrific smile. He's very good looking in person, with a charismatic personality... he drives like a ****ing maniac! - YooperBrew

Revvy is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 05-22-2009, 03:37 PM   #6
rsmith179
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Cleveland, OH
Posts: 973
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default

I agree with Tele, as long as you see signs of fermentation, you'll be fine. I would really reccommend getting setup with a stirplate though. They help build up your starter much more quickly and I have had nothing but good results after using a stirplate. I would just take a quick sniff and as long as it doesn't smell "funky" you should be good to go.

__________________

"Brewers enjoy working to make beer as much as drinking beer instead of working."
-Harold Rudolph

rsmith179 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 05-22-2009, 03:47 PM   #7
spartanchip
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 20
Default

alright thanks for the replies, i just wanted to make sure, because i have been storing this yeast in the fridge for a little over a month now, waiting till i had time to brew again

__________________

Primary I: air :(
Primary II: Edwort's Apfelwein (4.16.2009)
Primary III: air :(


Bottle Conditioning: Vanilla Bourbon Porter (8.3.09)
Drinking: AHS Irish Red Ale, AHS Summer Saison Belgian Ale

On Deck: AHS Texas Blonde

spartanchip is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply


Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Making yeast starter from secondary yeast cake? Madvillain General Techniques 4 05-01-2010 02:54 AM
Pitch Yeast Starter - Whole Thing Or Swirl Just Yeast doggage General Techniques 5 04-22-2010 06:59 PM
Yeast Starter from frozen yeast bank dfohio General Techniques 5 04-30-2009 07:32 PM
yeast starter, can you put yeast back in vial? LIVETOBREW General Techniques 12 03-07-2009 12:52 PM
Yeast starter with expired yeast - question rockout Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 10 05-20-2008 03:49 PM