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Re: Fermentation done?
« Reply #15 on: May 27, 2014, 08:06:03 AM »
Thanks for the advice Steve and Denny. I'll make a starter after work from some yeast I have at home.
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Re: Fermentation done?
« Reply #16 on: May 27, 2014, 08:47:40 AM »
Thanks for the advice Steve and Denny. I'll make a starter after work from some yeast I have at home.

A BIG starter.  Not just a qt. starter.  Maybe a gal. or two.  Or is there  a brewpub nearby where you could get slurry?
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Re: Fermentation done?
« Reply #17 on: May 27, 2014, 08:54:22 AM »
Thanks for the advice Steve and Denny. I'll make a starter after work from some yeast I have at home.

A BIG starter.  Not just a qt. starter.  Maybe a gal. or two.  Or is there  a brewpub nearby where you could get slurry?
Sadly, very sadly, there is no nearby brewery.  :'( I'm glad you re-emphasized the starter size as I was thinking two quarts. I also like that you refer to quarts and gallons, not this liter nonsense. ;) I'll make a big starter. With a starter that big would you decant as much as possible so I'm not adding a gallon of liquid to 5 gallons of beer?
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Re: Fermentation done?
« Reply #18 on: May 27, 2014, 09:12:26 AM »
I disagree Denny. I have had good luck with 1 quart/liter (I say liter because that is how the flask is marked), not stirred, and pitched at high krausen.

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Re: Fermentation done?
« Reply #19 on: May 27, 2014, 09:28:47 AM »
I disagree Denny. I have had good luck with 1 quart/liter (I say liter because that is how the flask is marked), not stirred, and pitched at high krausen.

Well, that's good to know, Steve, although I haven't been that lucky.

Pete, AFAIAC you should ALWAYS decant you starters.
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Re: Fermentation done?
« Reply #20 on: May 27, 2014, 01:34:48 PM »
I disagree Denny. I have had good luck with 1 quart/liter (I say liter because that is how the flask is marked), not stirred, and pitched at high krausen.

Well, that's good to know, Steve, although I haven't been that lucky.

Pete, AFAIAC you should ALWAYS decant you starters.
Maybe I'll grow a 1 Gallon plus 1 liter starter. ;D I've always decanted my starters but I don't remember particularly reading it anywhere, it just makes sense to not add anything but the slurry.
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Re: Fermentation done?
« Reply #21 on: May 27, 2014, 01:37:12 PM »
I've always decanted my starters but I don't remember particularly reading it anywhere, it just makes sense to not add anything but the slurry.

In most cases I agree and do as well, especially, if you use a stir plate.

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Re: Fermentation done?
« Reply #22 on: May 30, 2014, 09:01:32 AM »
I made about a gallon of starter and pitched about 1 1/2 pints of slurry last night. The airlock is active this morning so looking good. Thanks!
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Re: Fermentation done?
« Reply #23 on: June 10, 2014, 07:14:07 PM »
Forgot to tell you: it worked perfectly. It brought it down to 1.010 fast. I bottled tonight after about 10 days cold conditioning and the additional yeast didn't seem to have any ill effects on flavor. Of course now I can't save this yeast for another batch. I wonder if the reason this got stuck was that I underpitched: didn't grow the harvested yeast enough.
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