What does a starter of 2206 (bavarian lager) usually smell like? Mine smelled sulfury and sour. I tasted it and it tasted sour. Trying to figure out of it's infected.
I'm brewing a doppelbock this Saturday, so I'm in the process of making a huge starter. I started with a 2206 activator and pitched into a 2L starter of about 1.055. I put the wort on my stir plate to get it good and aerated before pitching. I did this Tuesday night, and let it stir and do it's thing until last night, then I put it in the fridge to drop the yeast out of suspension. It apparently got too cold, because about half of it turned to slush. But, I figured it wouldn't matter that much since I planned on stepping up the starter. I left it in the fridge until this afternoon at about 4PM, when I put it out on my kitchen table.
Tonight, I stepped up the starter. Made a 4L batch of wort, decanted the beer off the starter, and pitched the 4L of wort onto the slurry. Even though it tasted sour, I pitched it anyway because I couldn't see any growths, and the yeast looked like it multiplied well and it looked healthy.
Thoughts? If the next starter smells ok should I use it on Saturday?
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