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Title: Opps, Maybe
Post by: chrisccasey on January 16, 2010, 04:53:07 PM
I brewed a batch of Double IPA last night. I shook the vile of WLP001 like I always do and when I carefully opened it a drop or two of it spilled.

It has been 9.5 hours since I pitched and there are no signs of fermentation and once again my "yeast paranoia" has set in. Should I repitch a new vile or not worry about it just yet.
Title: Re: Opps, Maybe
Post by: denny on January 16, 2010, 05:07:28 PM
Spilling a drop or 2 won't hurt anything.  I'm guessing that your long lag is because you didn't make a starter...at least you didn't mention one.
Title: Re: Opps, Maybe
Post by: mikeypedersen on January 16, 2010, 05:10:09 PM
It sounds like you might have under pitched your yeast. What was your original gravity? A double ipa is going to require a lot of healthy yeast. Probably 2-3 vials or a good starter. Did you aerate your wort?
Title: Re: Opps, Maybe
Post by: chrisccasey on January 16, 2010, 05:13:42 PM
No starter, very well aerated. I have used this yeast in batches with OG as high as 1.09 and was great with one vile.
Title: Re: Opps, Maybe
Post by: denny on January 16, 2010, 05:22:50 PM
Yeah, it's always OK until it isn't!  ;)  FWIW, I never use any liquid yeast without a starter.  My experience with hundreds of batches is that every beer I use a starter for ferments and tastes better.
Title: Re: Opps, Maybe
Post by: chrisccasey on January 16, 2010, 05:28:19 PM
Thats the truth, I will be making starters from now on...Thanks.
Title: Re: Opps, Maybe
Post by: chrisccasey on January 17, 2010, 01:17:12 PM
My IPA is fermenting really nicely now. Thanks again for your help...