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Question About my Yeast Starter
« on: March 15, 2017, 11:05:53 PM »
Greetings,

I made my first yeast starter. I used pilsner dry malt and boiled for 15-20 min. when the wort was 75F ,I pitched wyeast liquid belgium wit yeast and had it on a stir plate for a little more than 48 hours. I did not see a good amount of krausen. is this a problem?

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Re: Question About my Yeast Starter
« Reply #1 on: March 15, 2017, 11:09:44 PM »
The stir plate can keep very much krausen from forming.  Did you see any activity?  Generally, I just see a change in the way it looks.  It takes on a lighter more creamy color as the yeast grows.
Risk of failure should be no deterrent to trying.

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Re: Question About my Yeast Starter
« Reply #2 on: March 15, 2017, 11:12:47 PM »
Did you use any fermcap when boiling the starter?

FYI - 5 minutes is plenty of boil time for a starter. Some just heat to sanitize and chill.

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Re: Question About my Yeast Starter
« Reply #3 on: March 15, 2017, 11:18:17 PM »
Did not use any fermcaps. I did, however, while on the stir plate, see a lot of small bubbles emerging from the wort. Im guessing this is the yeast respirating. The starter does smell like beer :) I appreciate all the help!!

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Re: Question About my Yeast Starter
« Reply #4 on: March 15, 2017, 11:22:11 PM »
That all sounds very normal, I think you are good to go.
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Re: Question About my Yeast Starter
« Reply #5 on: March 15, 2017, 11:32:28 PM »
Sounds normal

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Re: Question About my Yeast Starter
« Reply #6 on: March 16, 2017, 12:06:10 AM »
How thick is the layer of yeast that settles out after you turn off the stirplate? I have wound up with a 1/2 inch thick layer on the bottom of my 1 gallon jug after a 24 hour spin cycle. All yeast; I don't dump any trub into the jug.

And yes, the stirring will keep a krausen  from forming.

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Re: Question About my Yeast Starter
« Reply #7 on: March 16, 2017, 04:45:56 PM »
Did not use any fermcaps. I did, however, while on the stir plate, see a lot of small bubbles emerging from the wort. Im guessing this is the yeast respirating. The starter does smell like beer :) I appreciate all the help!!

More likely CO2 from fermentation.
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Re: Question About my Yeast Starter
« Reply #8 on: March 16, 2017, 05:14:20 PM »
Did not use any fermcaps. I did, however, while on the stir plate, see a lot of small bubbles emerging from the wort. Im guessing this is the yeast respirating. The starter does smell like beer :) I appreciate all the help!!

More likely CO2 from fermentation.

Possibly air being whipped into solution also, from my experience.

Regardless, yeast is pretty damn resilient, and given enough time it will get back into shape.  Sounds like you're starter is a success.