Originally Posted by troyh
The small amount of foam in my photo is fermentation, it just dissipates before it can form a big krausen because of the stirring.
I've had a smack pack of yeast ordered online and delivered 7 days later already smacked and fat. It worked fine when I used it a few days later. I think yeast are pretty hearty, I bet yours are fine.
So I dumped that yeast and started another starter with WLP085. Now that yeast was viable!
The starter overflowed and I have never sceen fermentation like what is going on in my fermentation chest now (have to go change the 1/2 gallon growler I'm using for a blowoff overflow because it's full!)
On the downside when the starter overflowed it seeped into the Stirplate and shorter it out. The LM317 was on the bottom of the box and is likely what shorted out. I waited till dry, but the stirplate is still broken. So whats the chances I just need to replace the LM317T? If its the potentiometer, I will need to solder up a new circuit, but the LM317T itself is replaceable.
So I determined it is the Potentiometer. I decides to play a bit and it shot flames out of it, but then it actually starter working again lol. Well I'm still going to replace it.
But how can I prevent this from happening again? Some sort of blowoff tube into another container?