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Old 06-13-2011, 01:35 AM   #1
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Ok, I brewed an all grain coffee stout today (Sunday). OG 1.096. I made a White Labs yeast starter (British Ale) on Friday (2 days ago). I made a QT starter with 1 QT water and 1 cup of Light DME. I cooled to fermentation temp and put the starter in a gallon glass jug, pitched the yeast and put an airlock on. I have no stir plate. I noticed minimal bubbling action on Saturday, but not a whole lot. By Sunday, sediment was caked up at the bottom of the gallon jug. I brewed the coffee stout and cooled to fermentation temp (72F), and when I went to pitch the starter, I shook to release the caked up sediment at the bottom of the jug. I pitched and the chunks of sediment cake are floating atop my fermenting beer. I know it's too early to know how the yeast will fair, but I plan on keeping a close eye on the airlock in the coming days to make sure fermentation is going as planned. Should I be worried? I made a yeast starter once before and had no issues. Last time I made a PT starter and put it in a QT jug. I think the gallon jug may have been too big and that's why I didn't see much activity. Should I be concerned?

 
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Old 06-13-2011, 01:57 AM   #2
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I probably would have made a bigger starter for that big of a beer....but I think it will be just fine.
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Old 06-13-2011, 02:13 AM   #3
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I probably would have made a bigger starter for that big of a beer....but I think it will be just fine.
Think I should get another vial of WLP005 and pitch to make up for the smaller starter? Would you have recommended a 1/2 gal starter for it or bigger?

 
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Old 06-13-2011, 03:21 AM   #4
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Will probably be fine, but have you ever consulted Mr Malty yeast pitching calculator? If not, it's an invaluable free online tool that many or most of us use.
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Old 06-13-2011, 12:32 PM   #5
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Will probably be fine, but have you ever consulted Mr Malty yeast pitching calculator? If not, it's an invaluable free online tool that many or most of us use.
No, I haven't used it, but have seen it a couple times. Maybe I'll use that to help calculate for next time. I spoke too soon on this thread, my airlock is heavily bubbling away this morning! Looks like it should be good to go.

 
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Old 06-13-2011, 12:49 PM   #6
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For that big of a beer, a 2 liter starter would be good. That said, you'll probably be just fine. If you're looking for a good priced stir plate (can increase cell count 20 fold), check out www.stirstarters.com - $42 and they work great!!
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Old 06-13-2011, 03:30 PM   #7
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For that big of a beer, a 2 liter starter would be good. That said, you'll probably be just fine. If you're looking for a good priced stir plate (can increase cell count 20 fold), check out www.stirstarters.com - $42 and they work great!!
Thanks for the tip. I haven't seen any stir plates at that price! Another investment towards brewing good beer

 
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