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Old 05-22-2009, 06:31 PM   #1
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ok, so I made a starter about 5 days ago. After 3 days, when it had fermented out, I put it in the fridge so I could pour off the top. Problem is I wasnt able to brew when I wanted to. Its been in the fridge now for 3 days. Will it still be ok tomorrow for my brew day?


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Yeah, should be just fine. I've left yeast cakes in the fridge for a week or more before pitching, and still had violent takeoff! Just make sure you take the starter out of the fridge about 4 hours before you pitch, in order to bring it up to room temp.

You might also consider tempering the starter by adding a bit of your freshly cooled wort to the starter flask, giving it a good shake, and allowing the trub to settle before pitching the top of the slurry. That way you've re-roused the yeast, as well as brought the temperature up closer to what they'll be swimming in when they hit the wort.
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