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SAH
12/07/07 08:32 PM  
What to do with an old pack of Roeselare
My friend is using a pack of Roeselare for the first time, so it's obviously fairly old at this point. He wants to make a starter, good idea or not? And if so, should he aerate it? I know that isn't ideal for Pedio, but what about the other bug's needs?
Bill
12/07/07 09:39 PM  
Re: What to do with an old pack of Roeselare
I used a Roselare that about 6 months past it's date. I made a starter and stepped it up twice...No aeration, no stir-plate, just an airlock and an occasional shake. Took about 10 days to get it where I wanted it. I pitched it into 5 Gal and it took off as I would have expected. The beer is still in the carboy so I can't speak to the quality of the brew, but it smells good.

I would say go for it, if doesn't work...oh well...but if it does you will be rewarded with something good from this yeast.

TedJ
12/08/07 10:00 AM  
Re: What to do with an old pack of Roeselare
I made a last minute flemish pale Sunday night with a 06/07 pack of Roeselare that I took out of the frig about 6 pm and pitched at 10 pm. Also pitched the dregs from the same beer that I made in 2005. Was definely a slow start but it it going well now.
Baums
12/10/07 04:04 PM  
Re: What to do with an old pack of Roeselare
I think the first concern is getting the primary done without major off flavors. If there's not enough sacc in the Roeselare pack (and I imagine there's not if it's an old pack) then it seems smart to either make a starter and live with whatever ill effect (if any) that has on the pedio, or else just add some more sacc to get to a good primary pitch rate.
Dave I
12/10/07 04:20 PM  
Re: What to do with an old pack of Roeselare
If you are using the Roeselare in the secondary, is there any reason to make a starter even if it IS old? My plan was to just let my Flanders Ales ferment in primary and then throw the Roeselare into secondary without using any Roeselare starter. Is that a mistake?

-Cheers

Baums
12/11/07 09:40 AM  
Re: What to do with an old pack of Roeselare
Personally I don't think it's a mistake--that's what I've successfully done with Roeselare and I think it makes sense.
 
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