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Offline gav

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Low floc yeast starters
« on: August 13, 2019, 06:14:50 PM »
I just did a 5G NEIPA batch with a fresh batch of WLP067 from Whitelabs. 1.2L DME starter on plate for 24 hrs, then 30 hrs rest at 37F. Before pitching, I foolishly dumped most of the starter wort before swirling, before realizing that I had dumped some good yeast - there was no thick cake at the bottom of the flask, and the dumped wort was not clear like my previous starters.  I ended up pitching another whole packet of 067 with what was left of the starter.

I have previously only used med-high flocculating yeasts, and ironically my NEIPAs have used hi-floc yeasts: Wyeast 1318 and RVA Manchester.

Anyone else used WLP067 Coastal Haze? It's fairly new, and not stocked by most LHBS
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Re: Low floc yeast starters
« Reply #1 on: August 13, 2019, 07:24:19 PM »
If you make a SNS starter, you don't need to decant, so you wouldn't have that problem.
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Re: Low floc yeast starters
« Reply #2 on: August 17, 2019, 03:51:27 AM »
Agree the SNS method is the easiest solution to your problem.

However, I brew with WY1318 a lot outside of NEIPA because I really enjoy the flavor and do not have much problem getting that yeast to drop in any beer or starter that isn't overloaded with proteins and hop oils (like a hazy beer). I've brewed English golden ales with WY1318 that dropped so clear I had to argue with several people whether they were drinking a pilsner because it was so clear. It is slower than more flocculant strains to drop clear so for starter purposes I think the SNS method is just an easier way to go but if you are committed to your stir bar you can do it but you need to account for some extra time for crashing.
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