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Old 08-27-2009, 05:06 PM   #1
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Default Would you pitch this starter?

I am planning to brew a sweet stout this weekend, so I made a starter last night for the White Labs Irish Ale liquid yeast that had just arrived in the mail.

This is my first time using this yeast (first stout too) and only my second starter. I used light DME to make the starter. After pitching the yeast, the wort was darker than what I am used to, but I hoped that was because of the strain of yeast.

This morning, I went to swirl the flask and I was greated with what looked like the top of a latte if you sprinkled some chocolate powder on top (pics below).

Is this par for this yeast, or do I have an infected batch on my hands?



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Old 08-27-2009, 05:09 PM   #2
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Looks fine. It is just solid protein matter from the DME. I've seen that in many starters that were not infected.


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Old 08-27-2009, 05:23 PM   #3
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Old 08-27-2009, 05:25 PM   #4
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Looks awesome!!!!! And you get to pitch at high krausen, even better!!!
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and if you're not sure let it flocculate and see the color of the yeast layer, if it's white and compact no problem!!
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I am with everyone else .. Looks good!
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I'd pitch it an watch your yeasties at work. (its my favorite part)
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Old 08-27-2009, 07:58 PM   #8
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i just brewed a stout and the top of my starter looked just like that at pitching. fermentation finished in 1.5 days. the starter was double that size though. only took a few hours for it to get like that too. pitch it!
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Nice, thanks everyone! I'm looking forward to pitching these little guys.
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Old 08-27-2009, 08:12 PM   #10
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Beautiful... brings a tear to my eye. *sniff*



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