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Old 02-01-2010, 06:26 PM   #11
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Haven't used PacMan yet, but the Sierra Nevada strain (WLP001, US-05, Wyeast 1056) smells really sour, like sourdough bread. Every strain is different, with experience you will learn what is normal and what isn't.


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Old 02-01-2010, 06:31 PM   #12
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I agree. it was wlp001 that i used in my porter. really, really sour. crazy chiconians.


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Old 02-01-2010, 06:35 PM   #13
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My first post on this site was a worried ramble on an "infected" starter using WLP001. It smelled awful but I used it anyways and now have a great session APA to enjoy because of it.
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I see your 2 wanker experts and raise you one anecdotal conjecturer.

Starters throw off more noticeable esters because we might not be as tightly controlled with our temperatures. Also these starters tend to live in your human space areas as opposed to formal brewing spaces.

Speculation... perhaps the yeast growth stage is like puberty. Lots of new funk going on.

Finally the yeast to wort volume is much higher than a beer. Lots of smells.
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You will get the hang of it quizmaster...I assumed because you were asking about a particular strain there was something outside the realm of the normal starter odors. Like the others said, don't expect a starter to smell like beer, they do smell a little off. When you decant them I would consider taking a little sample and try it. It won't be the best tasting, but I think it a good idea to sample at all different levels so you can better determine if something is wrong in the future.
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Thanks dudes! The Amber Ale that I pitched the starter to has moved to the secondary and a small taste from the test jar tells me that it is good beer. It definitely needs some age and probably needs to drop another 5 points so I plan to bulk age this one for a month or so. very nice yeast cake on the bottom of the primary. I may use starters more often.
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Has anyone had an infected starter? How can you tell? Solventy smells, barnyard smells?


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