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Old 11-16-2010, 07:06 PM   #1
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I've made a few starters now each time using 100grams of Extra Light DME from AHS. I put a little water in my flask (have tried cold and warm) and fill it up to 1L. I mix it all up and it looks fine. Turn on the heat, about medium, gets to about 150 and then I get this coagulation that won't go away, even after it's cooled. I'm sure it's clean and sanitary after being heated for awhile, but it's pretty ugly!

Is this normal??

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Old 11-16-2010, 07:54 PM   #2
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Just looks like yeast in suspension to me.



 
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Old 11-16-2010, 08:05 PM   #3
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Have you tried heating the water first and then mixing in the DME? It could be un-mixed DME. Those specks are too big to be yeast in suspension especially since the wort is starting to clear. Did you add the yeast already in that picture? I am guessing no especially since their is a vial of White Labs in the background.
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Old 11-16-2010, 08:38 PM   #4
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Just looks like yeast in suspension to me.
This is before adding the yeast. Yeast is still in vial in the background.

 
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Old 11-16-2010, 08:39 PM   #5
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Have you tried heating the water first and then mixing in the DME? It could be un-mixed DME. Those specks are too big to be yeast in suspension especially since the wort is starting to clear. Did you add the yeast already in that picture? I am guessing no especially since their is a vial of White Labs in the background.
Yes, I've tried both cold and warm water. It dissolves fine at first and then these chunks appear after heat is applied.

 
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Old 11-16-2010, 08:45 PM   #6
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That is hot break. It's totally normal. RDWHAHB

 
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Old 11-16-2010, 08:46 PM   #7
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This is before adding the yeast. Yeast is still in vial in the background.
Yeah, I missed that part...

 
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Old 11-16-2010, 08:51 PM   #8
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+1 on hot break, you'd see the same thing if you had a big glass brew pot...
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Old 11-16-2010, 11:22 PM   #9
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+1 on hot break, you'd see the same thing if you had a big glass brew pot...
That would be cool. A 10-gallon Erlenmeyer.



 
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