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Old 03-08-2013, 04:48 PM   #1
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Probably just being overly cautious, but would like some thoughts on whether the film on my starter is the beginning stages of a pellicle forming. Just made this starter on Tuesday night and noticed the film and slightly odd bubbles on the top this morning. Brewing tomorrow morning, so I have time to get new yeast, but probably not for a starter. Hoping this is nothing and still pitchable. Probably just worrying, but would rather not start off on the wrong foot.

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Old 03-08-2013, 09:15 PM   #2
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Anybody have any thoughts on this? Probably just worrying, but would rather not pitch a starter that's in the developing stages of mold growth.

 
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Old 03-08-2013, 09:21 PM   #3
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It looks ok to me. How does it smell?
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Old 03-08-2013, 09:23 PM   #4
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There's nothing wrong with that in my experience.

 
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Old 03-08-2013, 09:27 PM   #5
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Smells like it should...yeasty!

My main concern was the chunks of film on the top. Kind of looks like the start of a pellicle forming like in wild fermentations. Figured it was probably nothing, but thought I'd get a second opinion.

If it doesn't continue to grow/get worse by pitching time tomorrow, it's going for a wort swim!

 
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Old 03-08-2013, 09:33 PM   #6
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It's not mold. It may be a pellicule forming, or just a lot of yeast rafts, but it's not mold.
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Old 03-08-2013, 09:38 PM   #7
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Sounds like I've confirmed that I indeed worry too much. Glad to hear that there's nothing wrong with the starter. Thanks everyone!

 
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Old 03-08-2013, 09:41 PM   #8
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I don't do wilds, but I have never heard of a pellicle forming that quickly. Just yeast on the surface and surface tension.

 
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Old 03-08-2013, 11:48 PM   #9
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I don't do wilds either, but hope to someday. I agree that the chances of a pellicle forming that quickly is probably pretty slim, but thought checking on here couldn't hurt. I've brewed for a while now, but frequently run across something that I've not encountered before.

 
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Old 03-09-2013, 01:02 AM   #10
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Honestly I have done a lot of starters and none of them looked like that. Every starter I have done has had a clear top. How long has this been sitting? I'd hate to see a batch ruined by a bad starter.
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