Re: Blgn Strong
Yeah I made a starter but here's the thing:
1. I smacked the smack pack but didn't wait for it to swell, I just dumped it into a 2L starter (1040) with o2 and yeast nutrients. After a couple of days it still hadn't done anything.
2. I left town
3. I came back four days later and the things had fermented out and left a nice little yeast cake, but I wasn't sure about its vigor during ferment, so I decanted the starter wort and pitched the yeast into another liter (1040) with 02 and put it on a stir plate over night. The next morning, the kreusen had pushed the foil cap off and their was yeast everywhere so I figured I was good.
I only pitched half of the yeast at first...things took about 8 hrs to get rolling and I didn't get blow off until day 2.5 and it was slight. I added the rest of the yeast two days ago just to be safe.
3. I don't have good temp control and I live in the friggin arctic (vermont) so heating it up is harder than it should be. I've been turning the heating element on my stir plate with the carboy on top when I'm home, but I don't dare risk burning the house down just for a nicer ester profile. You know?