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Old 02-23-2010, 03:44 PM   #11
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You should leave the stir plate on at all times. It doesn't need to have a monster vortex to be effective. I NEVER pitch at high krausen. My brewing schedule dictates my yeast pitching. For ales I plan on doing a starter 3 days before. Then place in the fridge the night before brewing. Then simply decant warm, swirl and pitch.

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Old 02-23-2010, 04:44 PM   #12
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I usually refrigerate and decant my starters after I have the required cell count. On brew day though I make a small amount (1 cup water, 1/4 cup DME) of wort and pour that onto the slurry in the flask. Since I am doing extract still, by the time I am done brewing, the yeast is at high-krausen.
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Well I finally brewed last night. It was about 9PM when I pitched my yeast. When I woke up this morning, the airlock was bubbling away. I get a bubble at least every second, even now at nearly 3PM.

This was my first starter and I must say, this is the fastest and most vigorous airlock activity I have had to date. I am now hooked on starters. I am going to tweak my stir plate a bit and start another starter to brew this weekend. Thanks all !!!!!!
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