I've submitted a similar question to Wyeast today in hopes of hearing back from them. I'd be interested in hearing anyone else's response, as well.
Made a DME starter of Roeselare. Did everything the same as my usual starter, but this is my first "wild" starter.
Starter has had no airlock activity, and the sediment on the bottom is a dullish gray instead of white. There has been no increase in sediment quantity in 2 days. I just tasted it, and it was slightly sour, but I could detect some sweetness still. So I'm thinking it's a dud.
his is the 20th or so starter that I've made, so I don't suspect it's a flaw in my technique/water/etc. I bought the culture a couple of months ago from NB, along with some other yeast that was used successfully, and the package has been stored in my fridge since then. I did not "smack" the smack-pack since I was making a starter, so I can't attest to the viability.
Any thoughts on what the heck could have happened? I guess now I'll purchase some other batch of wild bugs and pitch then in during secondary, and my rodenbach clone will have to wait another year.