Yeast Starter

St Patrick please bless this beer! Making a Yeast Starter for my Hazy IPA tomorrow. I am using the wyeast London ale III 1318 yeast for this batch. I will let the starter go for about 24 hours and then pitch tomorrow.

 

Below is another animation of the stir plate about 10 hours after creating the yeast starter.  If you are seeing foam at the top of your starter at this point that is a great sign.  I usually turn off the plate for about 30 minutes just to check for signs of life.  If you are seeing bubbles and foam it means your yeast is alive, active and healthy.  If after 10 hours on a stir plate, at a reasonable temperature (62F-75F for an ale) and you are not seeing any bubbles, I would consider getting new yeast as it is either dead or not to the point it needs to be to ferment.  Keep in mind that yeast has a shelf life, and that it is a living organism that requires certain conditions to stay alive.  Living in Southern California, I am very cautious about ordering yeast online because there have been about 5 separate occasions where my yeast was destroyed in transit because of heat.  If you ever receive a bloated yeast packet, always do a starter just to insure that it is still viable before pitching.  If I am going to order yeast online, I try to make sure that the regional weather will be moderate. One other thing, while on the stir plate, I keep my flask wrapped in a towel during the daytime to help prevent in oxidization impact on the yeast from the sun light.

 

Homebrewing Yeast Starter and Magnetic Stir Plate

Homebrewing Yeast Starter and Magnetic Stir Plate

 

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Next step is brewing up a batch. I’m going to try my first attempt at a Vermont Style cloudy IPA. I will be sure to post the recipe if it works out.

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I am not sure if there is such a thing a brewing weather, but if there is, it certainly felt like it yesterday in Southern California.  The temperature was about 62F, a few puffy clouds floating along in the sky and some rain had washed everything clean a couple of days before.  Things do not get that cold in Orange County, but during the winter time it still puts me in the mood for darker beers.  So yesterday a couple of good friends and I brewed up a robust porter.  The batch went about as perfect as it could go, all of the brewing equipment worked as it was supposed to, we hit all of our gravity targets, the mash pH was right on the money and the night before I created a yeast starter that was perhaps as energetic as I have ever seen and it is already fermenting the porter like mad.

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My plan is to add a American Oak Light Toast Stick to the fermenter here in about a weak and also a vanilla bean to add a little bit of additional complexity to the porter. These are the oak sticks that I decided to go with for my homebrew.  I do not want it to taste like you just licked a tree, but I would like to mellow it out with a touch of oak and give you something to ponder with the vanilla. I am adding just one stick to the approximately 5.5 gallon batch and will leave it in there for about a week and taste it.  If i feel that it could benefit from additional oak flavor I will either all for additional contact time or add in a second oak stick to boost it.  I am really looking forward to drinking this beer!