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Old 08-18-2012, 09:39 PM   #1
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Ik there are other threads that kinda answer the same question, but i just want to be a little more specific. I was going to brew 2 batches today, so i made 2 starters. I had a buddy come over and it turns out after 6 hrs of brewing and a long week behind me, i don't feel like brewing another batch today. So if i let my starter finish out it's 24 hr pd, will it last another 7 days if i just refrigerate it? I don't see why it wouldn't....... thanks


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I think it would be OK. You can also rack your fermented beer to a secondary and use the slurry from your first batch and use that next week too.


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Old 08-18-2012, 09:57 PM   #3
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thanks mike......but when u stay I think it will be OK, that doesn't give me a warm and fuzzy. I want to either know that it will be ok, or i'll just bite the bullet and make another starter later next week. So that's what i'm trying to figure out
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It will be fine in the fridge. Just take it out a few hours before you pitch so it can warm up, then decant and give a good swirl to get the yeast back in suspension.
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You'll be more than ok. After six days you'll have between 85-90% yeast viability. RDWHAHB
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Ik there are other threads that kinda answer the same question, but i just want to be a little more specific. I was going to brew 2 batches today, so i made 2 starters. I had a buddy come over and it turns out after 6 hrs of brewing and a long week behind me, i don't feel like brewing another batch today. So if i let my starter finish out it's 24 hr pd, will it last another 7 days if i just refrigerate it? I don't see why it wouldn't....... thanks
It will last well beyond 6 days. I usually make starters on the big side of what's recommended in beersmith, but I have gone at least two weeks and used a starter without any noticeable effect on quality. That said, I don't plan to let starters sit around. I try to make them 48-72 hrs before brew day. I feel like that's when they're at their best and get off to the fastest start. But I don't stress if I miss that window.


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