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Old 04-30-2011, 11:37 AM   #1
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The yeast seems to have stepped nicely overnight last night, but the starter smells slightly sour. Should I decant and pitch or buy new yeast from the LHBS?
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Old 04-30-2011, 11:58 AM   #2
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I had a nasty smelling starter a couple of weeks ago...I've never smelled anything like it, but the beer tastes great ! My vote is RDWHAHB
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Old 04-30-2011, 12:07 PM   #3
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I actually had a couple of nasty smelling starters. Not very foul, but not your normal yeasty stuff. It usually happens just as yeast starts to flocculate. Smell isn't a good indication of what's going on anyway. Taste it and you'll immediately notice if it's ok or not.

 
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Old 04-30-2011, 12:44 PM   #4

Likely okay. Just did a big starter using washed W34/70 and the smell isn't that pleasant (I'm decanting and pitching). Last starter I did with Wyeast 3739 smelled amazing. Unless the smell is positively horrible I don't think you have a problem.
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