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Starter Question
« on: January 18, 2015, 10:51:01 PM »
I took my starter out of the cold crash ~4 hours ago. It now looks like it's firing up again (ambient temp is ~65).

My wort is still a bit high to pitch, probably going to wait another 1-2  hours or so to pitch.

Should I crash the starter again, or let it sit?


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Re: Starter Question
« Reply #1 on: January 18, 2015, 11:15:07 PM »
What style of beer? If its got lots of flavor, like IPA or stout, maybe pitch the whole thing active

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Re: Starter Question
« Reply #2 on: January 18, 2015, 11:22:16 PM »
That's what it looks like AFTER the cold crash?  If so, then you cold crashed way too early. 

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Re: Starter Question
« Reply #3 on: January 18, 2015, 11:24:42 PM »
What style of beer? If its got lots of flavor, like IPA or stout, maybe pitch the whole thing active

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Re: Starter Question
« Reply #4 on: January 18, 2015, 11:24:46 PM »
Yeah, get that back on the stir plate and pitch it tomorrow. Unless it's a really delicate beer, you can pitch all of a 1 L starter.
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Re: Starter Question
« Reply #5 on: January 18, 2015, 11:25:08 PM »
That's what it looks like AFTER the cold crash?  If so, then you cold crashed way too early.

No, this is 5 hours or so after the crash, left it sitting out in ambient temps.

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Re: Starter Question
« Reply #6 on: January 18, 2015, 11:25:30 PM »
Yeah, get that back on the stir plate and pitch it tomorrow. Unless it's a really delicate beer, you can pitch all of a 1 L starter.

I don't have a stir plate.

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Re: Starter Question
« Reply #7 on: January 18, 2015, 11:26:12 PM »
Update...my wort is ready to be pitched, the starter is acting wild per the picture. Should I just cold crash this again for the night and pitch in the AM?


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Re: Starter Question
« Reply #8 on: January 18, 2015, 11:27:24 PM »
If your wort is cooled and ready to pitch and your yeast starter has active krausen on top then by all means pitch the whole thing into your wort. 

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Re: Starter Question
« Reply #9 on: January 18, 2015, 11:32:25 PM »
If your wort is cooled and ready to pitch and your yeast starter has active krausen on top then by all means pitch the whole thing into your wort. 

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Re: Starter Question
« Reply #10 on: January 18, 2015, 11:35:29 PM »
I just want to make sure… That's what it looks like after you pitched the starter, let it (supposedly) ferment out, crashed it, and warmed it back up?

Either it hadn't finished fermenting, or (much less likely) there's some kind of massive contamination going on. I'd let it ferment until it calms down and you can smell/taste it. Even if it isn't contaminated, you may not have the cell count you want yet.
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Re: Starter Question
« Reply #11 on: January 18, 2015, 11:38:47 PM »
Hmmmm, well I'll just let it ferment a bit more. Just to clarify, I haven't decanted this yet. (Confused)

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Re: Starter Question
« Reply #12 on: January 18, 2015, 11:39:53 PM »
I just want to make sure… That's what it looks like after you pitched the starter, let it (supposedly) ferment out, crashed it, and warmed it back up?

Either it hadn't finished fermenting, or (much less likely) there's some kind of massive contamination going on. I'd let it ferment until it calms down and you can smell/taste it. Even if it isn't contaminated, you may not have the cell count you want yet.

Right, let it ferment out about 22 hours. Cold crashed overnight. Took out of the refrigerator for about 4 hours and there it is.

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Re: Starter Question
« Reply #13 on: January 18, 2015, 11:50:56 PM »
Just pitch it.  No decant this time.
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Re: Starter Question
« Reply #14 on: January 18, 2015, 11:54:08 PM »
I tend to decant as soon as I take it out of the fridge.