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Old 09-03-2012, 02:39 AM   #1
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Default So There Was an Ant in My Starter?

That's right, I went to pitch my yeast from the starter I made and there was an ant in the starter.
I have another Wyeast smack pack of the same yeast, would you?
1. use the ant starter ( I dumped the ant out)
2. make a new starter and pitch in the morning
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3. Just pitch Wyeast in a 1.060 Lager (least favorite idea)

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Old 09-03-2012, 02:43 AM   #2
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Option 2. or get some saflager.Btw might want to look into getting a foam stopper for your flask.
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Old 09-03-2012, 02:49 AM   #3
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#1 I wouldn't waste a starter for an ant. Ants are eaten frequently in many societies. Chocolate covered ants...

I fished a very large fly out of my boil kettle and never thought twice about it.
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Old 09-03-2012, 03:33 AM   #4
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First things first....squeeze out all the yeast in his little dead ant belly. Then discard ant and pitch.
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Extra protein!
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I recall reading somewhere that ants are actually quite clean and have very little surface bacteria. I think I would let the starter settle, pour off the liquid, and pour on some new starter liquid to get the thing going again.
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how could this have happened? did you use aluminum foil to cover the starter?
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I use aluminum foil to cover it and it was pretty tight...
I really don't know how it happened, I had it in my basement and there usually aren't many ants down there?
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First things first....squeeze out all the yeast in his little dead ant belly. Then discard ant and pitch.

This. Be sure and play a little Ant Music while you stir in the yeast..

www.youtube.com/watch?v=bPjfD8ulnpw
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THis is Adam Ant today... seriously

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