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Old 08-07-2013, 08:56 PM   #1
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Three weeks ago I pitched 2 Brett C vials into a 1.5 liter starter. I left it on a stir plate for 8 days. The starter formed a thick pellicle on top. My question is this. What do I do now? When and what should I pitch from this starter? My plan is to keep a culture on hand to pitch to some beers this fall to finish as a secondary fermentation.



 
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Old 08-11-2013, 12:53 PM   #2
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First, is the starter to be used in an ALL Bret beer?



 
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Old 08-11-2013, 03:17 PM   #3
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First, is the starter to be used in an ALL Bret beer?
No, this is for secondary. I guess my question is what should I do since there is a pellicle on the surface. I can't really decant or step it up without either disturbing the pellicle or losing cells.

 
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Old 08-11-2013, 08:52 PM   #4
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No, this is for secondary. I guess my question is what should I do since there is a pellicle on the surface. I can't really decant or step it up without either disturbing the pellicle or losing cells.
The pellicle only forms because of the oxygen getting into the starter. I would cool the starter down (refrigerator) to make sure all dropped out (after 8 days assume it would be anyway). Get the yeast u need/want and store the rest at normal fermentation temps as Brett doesn't need to be stores in frig.

 
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