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Old 02-03-2012, 08:55 PM   #1
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I am new to making starters and will be making my first all grain batch today. I downloaded the trial of Beersmith 2 (awesome software!) and I will be using it for my recipe. So basically heres the info for the yeast starter I made.

Brown Ale expected OG 1.055 @70% efficiency calls for 187.4 billion cells. I used WLP005 British Ale yeast and with the yeast bottling date viability adjustment it said to make a 1.87 Liter starter which I did. So heres a pic of the starter. I made it in a 1-gallon cider jug with 24-hours at room temp with lots of swirling and 12 hours in the refrigerator so i can decant. Does this look correct (more or less)? It's definitely a LOT more yeast than what was in the vial.
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Old 02-03-2012, 08:57 PM   #2
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looks good to me broseph

 
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Old 02-03-2012, 09:03 PM   #3
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Looks good!

 
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Old 02-03-2012, 09:47 PM   #4
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based on my rather limited experience, it looks about right. pour off the dark clear stuff on top and pitch the tan/beige sludge at the bottom.

why are you concerned? were you expecting something different?
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Old 02-03-2012, 09:48 PM   #5
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looks fine to me. nice job

 
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Old 02-03-2012, 09:50 PM   #6
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based on my rather limited experience, it looks about right. pour off the dark clear stuff on top and pitch the tan/beige stuff at the bottom.

why are you concerned? were you expecting something different?
No it's the second starter i've ever made and its a way bigger starter than I made on my first so I wanted to make sure it didnt look "short" of how much yeast should be there (more or less). Just trying to refine the process of a new hobby that I love.

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Old 02-03-2012, 10:18 PM   #7
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nah, you're good. there's no way to count cell accurately based on that layer, mcaple was either joking or wrong. different yeasts pack differently after they finish fermenting. for a 1.055 brew, you're good to go.
thanks Nord! I kinda had a feelin' he might of been pullin' my leg. hahaha
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Old 02-03-2012, 11:37 PM   #8
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I am new to making starters and will be making my first all grain batch today. I downloaded the trial of Beersmith 2 (awesome software!) and I will be using it for my recipe. So basically heres the info for the yeast starter I made.

Brown Ale expected OG 1.055 @70% efficiency calls for 187.4 billion cells. I used WLP005 British Ale yeast and with the yeast bottling date viability adjustment it said to make a 1.87 Liter starter which I did. So heres a pic of the starter. I made it in a 1-gallon cider jug with 24-hours at room temp with lots of swirling and 12 hours in the refrigerator so i can decant. Does this look correct (more or less)? It's definitely a LOT more yeast than what was in the vial.
What was the package date (4 mo's prior to the use before date)? A 1.8 liter starter would give you a he'll of slot more than a double.
...'actually; you didn't use a stir plate, did you... Nevermind, answered my own question.

 
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I just doughed in my first AG batch. May the beer Gods have favor tonight
awesome! congrats on taking the leap. hope all goes well. and always remember, RDW every brew day. it'll keep the beer gods on your side.
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Old 02-03-2012, 11:50 PM   #10
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AG is boatloads of fun. My favorite part is doughing-in ( and the smell ) mmm......
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