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Old 11-27-2009, 12:24 AM   #1
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Default Yeast starter smells like cardboard?!?!?

Any thoughts? It had been taking a slower time to get going vs. my bavarian lager wyeast starter, so I took a sniff and smelt cardboard. It's a belgian saison yeast from white labs. Cause for major concern?

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carboy - Oktoberfest lager
carboy - Oktoberfest S-05 (could be contaminated)
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keg 2 -
keg 3 -
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Old 11-27-2009, 05:26 AM   #2
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Cardboard usually means oxidation, which is something you want as much of as possible in a starter. Decant off the spent wort and you should be fine.
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Old 11-27-2009, 05:28 AM   #3
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Scimmia is right....as long as you decant the beer off of the yeast and pitch only the yeast you should be fine....
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