...but it would be equally inaccurate to discard lag time as one element — in combination with others — as an indication of yeast health and vitality.
While certainly a step in the yeast lifecycle, to suggest lag time is completely irrelevant gives an incomplete picture. In consideration of the strain, long lag times could be an indication of anemic growth and the reason(s) should be investigated.
Lag time, fermentation vigor, attenuation, smells and flavors (among others?) are all indicators used in combination to paint the complete picture of yeast health and vitality.
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