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Old 01-20-2014, 04:15 AM   #1
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This was supposed to be a culture from the dregs of a beatification batch 6.
It was a basic low gravity wort from DME with the dregs from a single bottle pitched ~6 weeks ago into a 1 quart mason jar. Initially it looked fine, but it has developed a green mold.
Will the mold be taken care of by acid or do I need to trash it?


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You have to get rid of that.

You didn't describe your process, but when stepping up bottle dregs, you use small volumes to start, then increase (usually by a factor of 10) until you have the proper pitching amount. For example, bottle dregs would go into 10ml of low gravity wort, then after a day or two, the culture would be stepped up to 100ml of wort, then a liter. By putting very low numbers of cells of interest (yeast or bacteria) into a large volume of wort, you increase your chances that a contaminating organism will outgrow your cells.

Dregs from one bottle into a quart of wort for 6 weeks is a recipe for contamination, sorry to say.


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You have to get rid of that.

You didn't describe your process, but when stepping up bottle dregs, you use small volumes to start, then increase (usually by a factor of 10) until you have the proper pitching amount. For example, bottle dregs would go into 10ml of low gravity wort, then after a day or two, the culture would be stepped up to 100ml of wort, then a liter. By putting very low numbers of cells of interest (yeast or bacteria) into a large volume of wort, you increase your chances that a contaminating organism will outgrow your cells.

Dregs from one bottle into a quart of wort for 6 weeks is a recipe for contamination, sorry to say.
Thanks, that's what I thought. This was a little impromptu, I wasn't planning on using these dregs to start with.
In the past I have successfully fermented a full 5 gallon batch by pitching dregs from 2 bottles, I guess I got lucky.
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In the past I have successfully fermented a full 5 gallon batch by pitching dregs from 2 bottles, I guess I got lucky.
you pitched the dregs of 2 bottles, only?!? no other yeast to help out? that seems ridiculously low. you must have great sanitation!
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you pitched the dregs of 2 bottles, only?!? no other yeast to help out? that seems ridiculously low. you must have great sanitation!
I like to think so
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