Starter, no krausen (WLP019)

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  1. Oct 14, 2019 #1

    SteveH

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    I made a starter on Friday (1.5l of 1.040 ish) with a slightly out of date vial of WLP019 (California IV Ale Yeast), it's a strain I've not used before, and there's little information about it on the White Labs Website

    I left it on the stir plate over the weekend, and expected to see some krausen develop but there wasn't any at all.

    If starting the stir plate after stopping for a while there was evidence of Co2 (foam which quickly dissapates), and now after leaving to settle there is definitely some yeast on the bottom of the flask.

    Is this just a "bottom fermenting" strain, or should I be worried and avoid using in a batch?

    Not yet measured the gravity of the starter supernatant but I guess that should be the next step to prove if it worked.
     
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    Not used that strain but I think you've hit it on the nose. Testing the gravity will be the way to tell
     
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    Similar experience here with Wyeast 3068. Trying to revive it from a long 10 month slumber. Ordinarily a vigorous yeast, this bottom cropped sample struggled even in 500ml of 1.025 SG wort. Eventually got down to 1.015, and now continues to struggle in a litre of 1.030 wort. No krausen at all.

    You may have a less than viable vial.

    I think I'll ditch mine as it's been struggling for a week. I need to put it out of its misery.
     
  4. Oct 15, 2019 #4

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    Well just measured it and it's about 1.010 so I guess it's worked despite the lack of krausen - going to pitch it into a batch tomorrow and hope for the best!
     
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    Sounds like it should be fine athumb..
     
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    Well I pitched it on Wednesday night and by Thursday lunchtime it was bubbling steadily, today I can see there's krausen in the FV so hopefully all will be fine.

    Still unsure why there was none in the starter tho, maybe I should have done a multi-step starter given the yeast was past its best, but hopefully will turn out OK since it looks pretty active now.
     

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