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Old 01-31-2013, 04:43 AM   #1
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Default White Labs vial spew

Used a vial before, no problems. The one I used just a little bit ago to make what was supposed to be a starter must have spewed 1/3 to 1/2 the vial, even when trying to slowly open a little bit now and then. Pisses me off because I had planned for this to be my starter for Saturday or Sunday brew day, now this starter probably just gets me back to where I was before opening the vial.

Thinking it might be time to look at Wyeast if the vials are going to be a PITA...


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OOOhh, look at the threads you've cultivated at the bottom of the page - noice!

A starter, how much do you need for enough for pitch rate?


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Open the vial cold out of the fridge first that should release the pressure without the yeast spewing all over.
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A starter, how much do you need for enough for pitch rate?
170B was the target, made 1.25L to get roughly 190B, with the spew factor it looks like 140B or so.

Will it still make beer? Yeah, almost certainly, but the point of the starter size was aiming for better beer. :-)
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Yeah, thats fairly common. As mentioned above, I also open the vial while still cold and decant about half of the starter beer. Then I recap loosely and place it on the countertop to warm up
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A tip I've posted in all the other vial spew threads is to get one of those big plastic funnels. Sanitize it, put that in whatever vessel you're making your starter in, hold the vial down inside the funnel, and open it slowly. That way any erupting yeast will hopefully hit the sides of the funnel and drip back down into your starter vessel the good thing is with a starter you will be able to make up the volume you lost.

What happens is that all the time the yeast has been awake in the tube it's been farting and producing co2, which of course is trapped in there just waiting for a chance for release......You ever been in an elevator and just had to let one rip? Same diff.
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Happened to me today, but thank goodness I had a funnel to catch every drop..I really did.
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Open the vial cold out of the fridge first that should release the pressure without the yeast spewing all over.
THIS /^\ ... always open the lid when you take it out of the fridge. Then open and close it every 15 minutes as I comes up to room temp. Then shake, open and set it back down.
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A tip I've posted in all the other vial spew threads is to get one of those big plastic funnels. Sanitize it, put that in whatever vessel you're making your starter in, hold the vial down inside the funnel, and open it slowly. That way any erupting yeast will hopefully hit the sides of the funnel and drip back down into your starter vessel the good thing is with a starter you will be able to make up the volume you lost.

What happens is that all the time the yeast has been awake in the tube it's been farting and producing co2, which of course is trapped in there just waiting for a chance for release......You ever been in an elevator and just had to let one rip? Same diff.
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....you farted in an elevator and caught it....
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This stuff (WPL 004) looks like it flocs fairly well. I think I'm going to decant off most of the liquid and crash that, then pitch another liter or so on the starter cake. Should be ready to roll on Sunday.


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