Yeast starter timing - Home Brew Forums
Register Now For Free!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Fermentation & Yeast > Yeast starter timing

Thread Tools
Old 02-20-2013, 10:56 PM   #1
Feb 2013
Bagley, Mn
Posts: 5

Lesson learned: the yeast starter will tell you when its ready--not the other way around.
Made my first starter 2 weeks ago with a 1056 from a washing on Feb,1. It only took 12 hours on the stir plate and was really going. Gave it 24 hrs and then cold crashed and was brewing in 3 days. Happily fermenting a pale ale as I write.
Was going to brew again today (Wed) so on Sun fired up my second yeast starter-a Wyeast smack pack(Nov. 15,2012 date) of 1275 Thames Valley for a Fuggles IPA extract kit..1.043 OG. Put a 1.5 L starter on the stirplate and waited..and waited. Thought it was dead. It took almost 34 hrs before even seeing any CO2 bubbles and then from 34 hrs to 48hrs it woke up and made a great starter. Cold crashing now and won't be brewing til Thursday-one day later than planned.


Reply With Quote
Old 02-20-2013, 11:01 PM   #2
Oct 2012
Posts: 1,084
Liked 157 Times on 132 Posts

Ive heard you can pitch your yeast a day or maybe more after brewing. As long as your sanitization is good you should be fine. I wouldnt prefer to do that, but it works in a pinch.
Also remeber that each yeast is different in how it acts. Fun, isnt it?
And on the eighth day he said "Make beer!"

Reply With Quote
Old 02-20-2013, 11:37 PM   #3
May 2010
Stewartstown, PA
Posts: 871
Liked 49 Times on 38 Posts

Yeap...I had the same issue when I started doing starters (which I will always do for now on)....same thing....starter took an extra day...maybe get started....thought it was dead....but it was fine.

So now I get my starter going a couple days sooner than I expect it to take....especially if my brew day has to be on a specific day
EVERYONE is entitled to my opinion!
Primary: None
Secondary: Chocolate milk Stout
Upcoming Brews: Dusseldorf Alt
Kegged: Biermuncher Centenniel Blonde

Reply With Quote
Old 03-02-2013, 03:10 PM   #4
davekippen's Avatar
Dec 2011
Grand Ledge, MI
Posts: 1,258
Liked 165 Times on 127 Posts

Each yeast is different for sure. Even the same yeast can act different! I made a large starter of a Hefe yeast for my first hefe, intending to save a couple of mason jars for future use. The original starter took forever to get going. Fast forward several months, time to brew the second hefe. Pulled out the mason jar of saved yeast, pitched into starter. 3 hours and it is going like crazy. No joke!
Originally Posted by JonM View Post
Zombie yeast wants graaaaaaaiiins!!!!!!
Hit me on Untappd

Reply With Quote
Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Yeast starter timing Weizenheimer Fermentation & Yeast 2 03-01-2012 02:00 PM
Yeast Starter Timing Sound Right gavball6 Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 6 02-07-2012 03:12 PM
Starter timing and yeast replication. JoePro Fermentation & Yeast 5 08-24-2011 06:58 AM
Yeast Starter Timing Question RLinNH Fermentation & Yeast 2 11-27-2010 10:43 PM
Yeast Starter Timing - <24 hours ?? MNBugeater General Techniques 3 05-04-2008 02:52 PM

Forum Jump