Is my starter working?

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Is my starter working?

Postby flavaham » Sat Feb 25, 2006 6:33 am

I made my first starter last night for a Saison that I'll be brewing on Monday. 24 hours later, I don't really see any big difference. It hasn't really done much. I got a small layer of foam on top for a few hours, some slow bubbling out of the air lock and now nothing. The yeast has settled and that's that. :?

I used a pint of water and 1/4 cup of DME. Boiled for 20 min. Cooled to 70-75 degrees and pitched. Should I be noticing more than this? I'm really not sure what it is supposed to do or what I'm looking for. Any help would be great!
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Postby BillyBock » Sun Feb 26, 2006 5:14 am

From your description, it sounds like it's working. You won't always see volcanic activity in a starter. As long as you see a layer of foam (however small) and bubbles in the wort, or activity in the airlock, she's working.
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