I am getting ready to brew my first ESB. I made a starter this morning for Wyeast 1968 London ESB yeast. I get home from work and I swear the flask looks like I am mixing up egg drop soup. The yeast appears very stringy? Clumpy? Not sure how to describe it. Is this in any way normal? The smack pack was pretty fresh (6/12/12) and I bought it from a good local LHBS.
I used some second runnings from a brew a few weeks ago, but it smelled and looked fine. I boiled and added some DME this am and everything was normal. In fact, 2/3 of that wort went into making the first round of a lager starter from some older harvested yeast. Same boil, just poured into different starter vessels and added different yeast. The lager yeast is slow to get started as expected, but the 1968 is scary looking stuff.