I just did my first yeast starter with my brand new stir plate "stirstarter"
I said why don't we try a real starter to play with my new toy !!!
Here is my impression
2 cups of water and 1/2 cup of DME boiled for 10 mins and then added 1x pack of Wyeast Nothwest Ale stired for 24 hours...
Let it sit on the counter for a few hours to decant the wort and then added another 2 cups of water and 1/2 cup of DME that was at room temp... Stired for another 24 hours...
The liquid was beige and very creamy
Everything sounds good so far
I brew my Caramel brew racked it to my primary, set it to rest with the starter in the flask near by for 7 hours before pitching just to be sure the both liquids are at the same temp wich is 70 degrees...
My beer started fermenting 20 hours after pitching... Isn't it supposed to reduce lag time ?
Actually I see no difference between a normal pitch and my 2 stage starter, is this normal ?
I must mention that I racked the whole brew pot into my fermenter, trub and all... I put all my hops in a muslin bag but the whirlflock tablet made so much suspention that even my OG test tube had a cold break in it
Can this affect the yeast ?
Maby I thought it would rock the hell out of my beer...
What am I supposed to expect with a starter ? Is everything normal ?
My OG was 1.046
According to Mr.Malty my target cell count should have been 179 Billion and I pitched 149 billion, I should have made a 3rd step but I was out of time