Using Dark LME in a Starter

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Using Dark LME in a Starter

Postby Bad 'Ed » Tue Jan 06, 2015 13:59

Does anyone know what affect using stout LME for a starter would have?

I know it’s not ideal to go down in terms of colour and abv when reusing yeast, but I can’t remember why. Something to do with the reactive facets of the yeast cells being clogged up with alcohol (or maybe hop oil?) I think? No recollection of how colour comes into it.

I’m pretty sure I’m going to do it anyway as I have 3kg of dark LME that’s going to go in the bin unless I use it in starters. I’ll just make a bigger starter to compensate for whatever negatives there are.

Never enough time....
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Re: Using Dark LME in a Starter

Postby robwalker » Tue Jan 06, 2015 19:56

Brew an imperial stout! You'll be done in an hour and you'll love it.
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Re: Using Dark LME in a Starter

Postby pittsy » Tue Jan 06, 2015 21:10

Will have little effect unless you use a large starter with a yellow beer . If you decant then no probs at all . If in doubt decant .
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Re: Using Dark LME in a Starter

Postby Bad 'Ed » Fri Jan 09, 2015 08:52

Starter's going on tonight. Definitely going to chill, decant and wake up before pitching. Might pour half the yeast away with the spent starter fluid by accident, but I'll just put in more at the start than I would normally.

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