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Colder starter
« on: March 19, 2014, 05:22:21 AM »
So, I have a stir plate, but not a heated one (radio shack box from a DIY project I found and built - hey those rare earth magnets in the hard drives work!).  Any way, I am making a gallon starter of WLP 028 for a 10 gallon batch of Scottish Ale to be brewed Saturday.  My house is about 65-66F.  This yeast is said to prefer a bit warmer.  Will this cold of a starter finish out on the stir plate at this temperature, do you think?  Otherwise I will need to craft some kind of box with light bulb.  Started it late last night and krausen is evident this morning.

Any thoughts on the starter or fermenting with this yeast would be appreciated.  Thanks.
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Re: Colder starter
« Reply #1 on: March 19, 2014, 05:31:17 AM »
Is WY1728 the same? I ferment my 1728 at 55°

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Re: Colder starter
« Reply #2 on: March 19, 2014, 05:34:12 AM »
Is WY1728 the same? I ferment my 1728 at 55°
Nope. I have started 1028, same as WLP-013, in my basement around 62-63F many times, then used it on IPAs and Barleywines. It performes fine, no problems.
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Re: Colder starter
« Reply #3 on: March 19, 2014, 05:46:24 AM »
It'll be fine, I've got 1028 in a dry stout right now finishing and it was pitched at 60, allowed to rise and ferment at 65 and it fermented to 1.008
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Re: Colder starter
« Reply #4 on: March 19, 2014, 05:56:21 AM »
But he said WLP028

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Re: Colder starter
« Reply #5 on: March 19, 2014, 06:01:38 AM »
Not sure which strain is really being discussed here but I am sure the temperature is fine for the starter.
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Re: Colder starter
« Reply #6 on: March 19, 2014, 06:05:33 AM »
But he said WLP028

+1.  In which case the temp is definitely not an issue.
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Re: Colder starter
« Reply #7 on: March 19, 2014, 06:23:01 AM »
This is the white labs Edinburg ale and according to their website it gives a range of 65-72 and states that below 62 it doesn't perform well. I think the OP's temps will be fine:)
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Re: Colder starter
« Reply #8 on: March 19, 2014, 06:55:25 AM »
But he said WLP028
Boy did I misread that one. It will be fine. Dang!

I do my lager starters in the low 60s, band those are fine.
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Re: Colder starter
« Reply #9 on: March 19, 2014, 01:32:28 PM »
Thanks as to the starter (mine are usually warmer than fermentation temp, but this is a cold winter/spring/hybrid season. 

And now I know that I can set the thermowell at 65 for fermentation - I will pitch around 60F and have a heater on the fermenter to keep it in the sweet range.

Definitely 028 the Edinburg strain.  My LHBS said it is a good one for Scottish Ale.  I went with it rather than resurrecting a questionable 1728 slurry that I have stored for several months...just skittish on the looks of it.

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Re: Colder starter
« Reply #10 on: March 19, 2014, 02:15:12 PM »
anyways - your stir plate generates heat and id be confidant your fermentation temp is higher than ambient room temp.
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