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Old 01-21-2008, 05:03 PM   #1
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trying my hand at this yeast washing business which also means my first starters. The question is; while your stater is coming to life is there any tell tale signs that there is an infection present? I would hate to pitch an infected starter and be out $25 on a batch.
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Old 01-21-2008, 09:39 PM   #2
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it'd be like any other'd need to look wrong (mold forming, or very obvious weirdness like 'stringy' stuff in the starter), or smell wrong.

as long as you sanitize your washing vessels/jars, hands, and used boiled/cooled water for the washing, it'll be as infection free as the original beer.
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Old 01-22-2008, 01:32 AM   #3
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In about 35 years of brewing, I've lost just one batch to an infection. It smelled bad, tasted even worse, and the smell got worse with time.
I've probably thrown away 4 - 5 batches of yeast during that time. If it doesn't smell good when I want to use it, I throw it away. (They've all looked OK).


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