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General Category => Yeast and Fermentation => Topic started by: bendbrew on October 01, 2010, 05:33:55 pm

Title: Starter Question
Post by: bendbrew on October 01, 2010, 05:33:55 pm
Okay, paranoia check.  I have a 2L starter going on a stirplate.  Got home and found that the aluminum foil cap had been lifted off with the flask opening very slightly visible.  Should I be worried about contamination or while the stirplate action be blowing out the baddies?

Thanks
Title: Re: Starter Question
Post by: a10t2 on October 01, 2010, 05:41:36 pm
No worries. Unless your kitchen/basement/whatever is absolutely filthy, you could probably leave the foil off and not have any problems. Yeast are pretty good at killing off the baddies, and they're going to have a helluva numerical advantage too.
Title: Re: Starter Question
Post by: redbeerman on October 02, 2010, 06:47:24 am
No worries. Unless your kitchen/basement/whatever is absolutely filthy, you could probably leave the foil off and not have any problems. Yeast are pretty good at killing off the baddies, and they're going to have a helluva numerical advantage too.

+1  You should be fine.
Title: Re: Starter Question
Post by: Hokerer on October 02, 2010, 08:22:16 am
Agreed.  RDWHAHB
Title: Re: Starter Question
Post by: beerocd on October 02, 2010, 09:45:22 am
Unless you have these guys in the house. I probably won't even brew till first freeze now.

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Title: Re: Starter Question
Post by: bluesman on October 02, 2010, 06:57:18 pm
A freind of mine has mold in her basement and asked me the same question.  My response was to generate the starter using an airlock.  I know that it is perfectly fine using aluminum foil covering the flask but it is better to be safe than to risk an infected starter.

On that note...I agree with the other posters in that assuming your home is fairly clean and mold free you should be AOK.  ;)
Title: Re: Starter Question
Post by: bendbrew on October 03, 2010, 08:30:06 am
Thanks all:  brewed yesterday-the flask was filled with yeast (still on the stir plate).  No mold in the house-very dry climate.  Should be fine and thanks for the advice.