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Bierview (152.163.252.67)
Posted on Wednesday, October 29, 2003 - 04:50 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I have a mason jar full of 023 yeast after having brewed two 5 gal batches already. I can usually get 3 out of a vile. I made a starter last night and this morning found very little activity in the air lock. I then added some fresh wort agian hoping to rouse the yeast but still very little movement. Should I dump it?

BV
 

Michael (69.132.110.69)
Posted on Wednesday, October 29, 2003 - 05:28 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

How old is the slurry? FWIW, I had a three month old slurry of 023 I dumped into a starter...it was slow (I gave it three days). I'd give it at _least _ another couple of days.
 

Bierview (152.163.252.67)
Posted on Wednesday, October 29, 2003 - 05:47 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Michael,
The slurry has been refrigerated for only a week.

BV
 

Bill Pierce (24.141.63.119)
Posted on Wednesday, October 29, 2003 - 08:52 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

If there was only a small amount of slurry you won't see much activity. Just how much yeast slurry was there and how much starter wort did you use? Also, I would give the starter more like 48 hours.
 

Bierview (152.163.252.67)
Posted on Wednesday, October 29, 2003 - 10:15 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Bill,
In a quart mason jar, the slurry was about half full and I used a quart of starter wort at !.037.

BV
 

Bill Pierce (24.141.63.119)
Posted on Thursday, October 30, 2003 - 03:28 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

As I suggested, starters don't always show a lot of activity. Taste a small sample of the starter liquid. If it tastes beery and yeasty rather than worty and sweet, and if there is a layer of yeast sediment on the bottom of the starter vessel, I would say the starter has been successful.
 

Bierview (205.188.208.75)
Posted on Thursday, October 30, 2003 - 04:53 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Bill,
It took off this morning. Nice and foamy.

Thanks
BV

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