Soooo.... long time lurker, first time poster.. hello beer bros!
a couple days ago I was preparing for my first AG batch with liquid yeast ( a belgian dubbel, wlp500) and I made a 1L starter OG 1.040 then steped to 3L, 2.5 days went by in a stir plate and I left it in the fridge overnight to drop the yeasties out of suspension.. next mornign It was still VERY cloudy, (low flocc I guess) and I put my fridge to max cold and had to go out of town for christmass.
I came home today expecting to see a nice layer of yeast and crystal clear liquid on top but still I saw some weird cloudyness lingering on top, then clearer wort and then the yeast/trub layer at the bottom.
I took the gallon jug out of the fridge and realized to my horror the cloudy stuff was ice, as my starter had partially frozed, but just partially, like tiny shards of ice in the glass walls and stuff floating.
I decanted the most part of the liquid and put it on the fridge again, which I turned to the lowest setting.
Here's some pictures of what was lef in the jug.
Here's what was lef after decanting most of the liquid/ice
You can see some of the tiny shards of ice here.
What should I do now? I'm thinking about let it rise its temperature slowly then take it out of the fridge so it raises to room temp and maybe add another liter of wort to see if its viable.
What are your experiences with something like this? and what should I do? build a new 3L starter or the 1L adition should be fine?
Getting a new vial its not an option as I live outside the US (Mexican brewer yo!) and it was a oddisey to get hold of some liquid yeast.