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Old 03-09-2013, 01:43 AM   #11
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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.
I've done quite a few starters as well and haven't seen one like that previously, hence the post with pics. I made the starter Tuesday night and took those pics this morning. Hasn't been sitting too long. Haven't been home yet to check it tonight. Hoping it's not any worse than this morning.

 
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Old 03-09-2013, 03:35 AM   #12
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So here is an image of where we're at tonight, roughly 14 hours after my shots this morning. What concerns me is the powdery bubbles and the powdery film on the surface. Still undecided at this point.



What should I be smelling for if it's infected? Smells like boring DME with some Belgian yeast, for the most part. Might be a tinge of paint thinner there. Perhaps I'm just thinking there is. Would it be overly noticeable if there was an infection?

 
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Old 03-09-2013, 05:16 AM   #13
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Pitch it... Into some wort. Doesn't look like anything to worry about to me. What strain is it? Looks like a true top cropper like a wit strain or similar. They tend to have bubble and some film I the surface like that for weeks sometimes.
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Old 03-09-2013, 05:40 AM   #14
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Probably yeast rafts. It looks a little funny but that would be extremely fast for a pelicle to form. And it is 3711 which I always think must be a bug as it ferments like nothing else.
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Old 03-09-2013, 05:41 AM   #15
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It's 3711 French Saison. I'm not super familiar with yeast. I used it once over a year and a half ago with great results. Didn't make a starter on that batch.

I plan on using it tomorrow and will update once it gets into full fermentation. Fingers crossed that I end up with a tasty rye Saison and not paint thinner!

 
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Old 06-12-2013, 07:13 PM   #16
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Thought it might be good to respond to this thread as the beer has been done and drinkable for quite some time now. I'm pleased to report that this starter fermented just fine without creating any off-flavors, mold, etc. Apparently, it's just an ugly yeast to look at, although I've seen a lot worse.

The beer turned out fantastic! I ended up bottling this in champaign bottles and plan to hang on to some for as long as I can stand it.



 
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Old 06-12-2013, 07:48 PM   #17
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Making me thirsty! Looks delicious!

 
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