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Old 02-14-2013, 02:39 PM   #1
Dec 2012
Waterloo, ON
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I made my first yeast starter yesterday with the fist yeast I washed. Of course I was worried that the yeast wasn't viable or I'd screw up the starter etc... I'm not using a stir plate, just shaking every time I walk by so krausen doesn't have much of a chance to form to see if things are working. I thought I'd try weighing it to see it's progress, and calculated it should loose about 30grams through fermentation, so far it's down about 15.
Is this a reasonable was to monitor a starters progress, I've seen the question asked a lot but haven't seen much of an answer.

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Old 02-14-2013, 05:01 PM   #2
Mar 2012
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Haha nice use of stoichiometry. To be honest I've never thought about it, but it should work. Most people just measure the gravity though.

You should see a good bit of CO2 come out of solution when you swirl it, and it should froth up a bit. At least I used to before I built my stir plate...

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