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Old 03-24-2007, 07:12 PM   #1
Jan 2007
Jackson, NJ
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First AG and I'm already screwing up!
I made a starter last night for a Columbus APA.
Used 1qt wtr with 4oz. Pale DME.
Pitched a vial of White Labs WLP001 Cali yst. Filled airlock halfway
with vodka and set it an area at 70 deg.
It was slowly bubbling this am, but when I check this afternoon,
the airlock was full of wort! I rinsed the airlock and refilled with vodka again
and set in a slightly cooler location (68deg)
I'm brewing tomorrow.
Should I:
1. toss this batch because of possible contamination (vodka or other?) and pick
up a new vial and remake starter tonight?
2. don't worry about it, you'll be fine

I think my errors where:
-should have used 3oz DME instead of 4.
-too much wort in the 22oz bottle (left 2 1/2" head space)
-too warm? (air temp read 71.2 when I found it)

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Old 03-24-2007, 07:14 PM   #2
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#2, it will be fine, yeast isn't that picky and it is a lot harder to contaminate a beer than you think.

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Old 03-24-2007, 07:22 PM   #3
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I say number 2
"Yes, I am a pirate two hundred years too late. The cannons don't thunder there's nothin' to plunder,
I'm an [under] forty victim of fate, Arriving too late, arriving too late."
-Jimmy Buffet

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Old 03-24-2007, 08:43 PM   #4
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Definatley #2. WHy throw out somehting that you don't even know to be contaminted?
I may not be an expert, but I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express........ 6 months ago.



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Old 03-24-2007, 09:31 PM   #5
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Another vote for #2.
I'd agree with the first 2 lessons learned, but the temp of a bit over 70 is perfect for a starter.


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