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Old 09-03-2008, 10:40 PM   #1
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Hi all!

I am fairly new to this forum, and still trying to figure out exactly where to post which questions.

Anyway, I started a thread here: [url]http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f39/stuck-starter-77775/[/url[

with a starter question.

I will be leaving on vacation tomorrow afternoon, and will not be back until next Tuesday. I was supposed to have this Oktobefest in the lagering fridge by now, but....

Now that I finally seem to have an active starter, I have another question. Should I brew tonight, or in the morning, before I leave. Or, should I wait until tomorrow afternoon, throw the starter in the fridge (which I would assume should be mostly complete) and brew when I get back?

I have read that letting it fully ferment and then refridgerating will drop the yeast out and I can decant off the liquid and just pitch the yeast. I assume if I pitch while fully active, I should pour in the entire starter. Its a big one though, pushing 1/2 gallon!

Also, whenever I do brew this batch, should I bring the wort down to lager temps to pitch, or should I bring the starter up to room temp and pitch, and then into the fridge?



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Old 09-03-2008, 10:46 PM   #2
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First....I LOVE your Name....That's what My Dear Old Dad usta call me.

Anyway, I'd brew tonigh if you can get away with it, then pitch your starter tomorrow morning.


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Old 09-03-2008, 11:37 PM   #3
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Up your hops and boiloff a little extra and you'll be fine pitching the whole starter.

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Old 09-04-2008, 12:32 AM   #4
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When in doubt...Brew a double batch!
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Old 09-04-2008, 12:33 AM   #5
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+1 to getting that brew going! Happy brew day!
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Old 09-04-2008, 07:32 AM   #6
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First....I LOVE your Name....That's what My Dear Old Dad usta call me.

Anyway, I'd brew tonigh if you can get away with it, then pitch your starter tomorrow morning.

Funny, thats where I got the name. My pops is an old school cowboy, and thought that Ceedubya was a cool cowboy name, so my initial are CWR (Calvin Wayne Richards). Nobody calls me that, but I use it in honor of him.

Thanks all for the advice, it was well recieved. I fired it up tonight, and had an awesome brew for my first one back. Steeped the grains for 20 minutes on the stove, then ran some 170 water through them in the grain bag while suspending it above the brew pot.

This was an extract recipe, but I did a full boil, so ran it up to 6 - 6 1/2 gallons and fired it up outside on the ol turkey fryer.

boil went fine, and chilled with the immersion chiller. Had it down to 68 degrees in under 20 minutes

I pitched the yeast at 1:00 AM, while it seemed to be fully active. Funny, cause I came up just short of my 5 gallon mark on the carboy, but the starter brought me right to the mark.

I have it in the backroom in the carboy with a fan on it and a blowoff tube. I will transfer to the lagar fridge in a few hours.

I'll take a few pics and post em later. Unfortunatley this was a lone effort, so no time for pics tonight.

Oh yeah, I took a hydrometer reading right before I pitched, it showed 1.080 at 70 degrees.


 
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Old 09-04-2008, 03:22 PM   #7
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And here it is, in the fridge (hopefully) fermenting away


 
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Old 09-04-2008, 03:58 PM   #8
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aww you have a beatiful baby beer........you should be such a happy parent LOL

 
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Old 09-04-2008, 05:23 PM   #9
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Awww they're so innocent at that age. Pretty soon you'll be worrying about him going out and drinking.
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Old 09-04-2008, 09:50 PM   #10
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Hopefully I'm gonna be more concerned with me drinking it



 
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