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Old 08-22-2008, 10:30 PM   #1
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Got a yeast starter all set up and filled the air lock with vodka. Gave it one final shake and some of the vodka got in the starter. Am I hosed?


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Old 08-22-2008, 10:32 PM   #2
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umm well, probably not screwed. thats the first time i've heard of this though. relax and when you go near the homebrew shop tomorrow pick up a couple extra packets of dry yeast. it's always a good idea. SafAle 05 is a good middle of hte road choice. That's just incase you messed up your started. But i say pitch and wait!


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Old 08-22-2008, 10:38 PM   #3
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That depends on how big your starter is, how much vodka got in it, and what kind of yeast you're using. However, I doubt you were making a tiny starter or got enough vodka in it to raise the EtOH conc above the threshold for the yeast.
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It was a 1 pint starter with 1/2 cup DME. I'd say about a teaspoon worth of vodka got in.
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Old 08-22-2008, 10:51 PM   #5
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Sounds like you'll be fine. You firebombed one of their communites, but the country should stand.
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So, 40% of 0.08oz was EtOH, and fell into 34oz...which probably increased the EtOH conc ~ 2%, if that. You should be fine. I'd give it a gentle shake just in case.
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It's happened to me before. Turned out fine.

I just use a piece of sanitized foil on them now; more oxygen exchange that way.


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