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Old 03-13-2012, 11:19 PM   #1
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Default starter looks funky.

So I did my starter like normal. About 3oz of dme. Boiled it, cooled it, pitched a wyeast English ale yeast. On the stir plate it looks like it is curtled. When I stop the spin all the clumps fall down and seperate really quick. I've never had a starter do that before. Did I do something wrong?
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Old 03-13-2012, 11:21 PM   #2
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I had the same thing with a White Labs dry english ale yeast. A few people told me that is the nature of english ale yeast. It looked kinda like a lava lamp. Turned out perfectly fine.
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Old 03-13-2012, 11:22 PM   #3
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Correction... It's the white labs wlp002 English ale yeast
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Old 03-13-2012, 11:25 PM   #4
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Whenever I've used wlp002 or wlp007, I always comment on how it looks like cottage cheese. I think your starter is fine.
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Old 03-13-2012, 11:30 PM   #5
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Cool. Thanks for the quick replies
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Whenever I've used wlp002 or wlp007, I always comment on how it looks like cottage cheese. I think your starter is fine.
+1 same experience here
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Old 03-14-2012, 12:05 AM   #7
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Yep, sounds normal. Fermentation is weird!!!
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I have also got the same curdled result with White Labs Irish Ale yeast. Must be a UK thing.
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Old 03-14-2012, 04:10 PM   #9
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I have also got the same curdled result with White Labs Irish Ale yeast. Must be a UK thing.
I used some Mr beer cowboy and had the same thing. The company said some if there Malts have some curdling type stuff in the malt. Inside the carboy it is bubbling like crazy. Thus is a first for me.
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Old 03-14-2012, 05:10 PM   #10
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My third generation american ale ii went clumpy. Smells fine and it's going crazy in the low 60's. There must be a reason.
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