Well this is a new one....starter question

Ok I had an appointment cancel today so I figured it was a perfect opportunity to brew my 80/- that I didn’t get to this weekend. Went ahead with a single decoction to mashout and a 1G of first runnings kettle carmelization (simple grain bill: 97% Eng. Pale Ale, 3% roasted barley), and I think the decoction gave me rockstar efficiency again on the BIAB. I calculated @ 84%.

Anyway, I had to add water volume to the kettle to maintain my BU:GU ratio, and had about a half gallon of extra wort. I thought it would be a great simple way to get my 3711 French Saison started. Pitched a non-swollen smack pack into 1.5L or so of 1.055 80/-, thinking it was not hoppy, and relatively session strength, with some trub for yeast nutrient.

Not seeing much activity 3+ hours later, usually I see a big krausen in an hour or so.

So, a n00b like question from me: I am hoping this starter will still start, but could it be that its a dextrinous malt (mashed around 158*), or higher gravity, or did I perhaps ruin my precious French Saison Yeast?? Blah!

What was your gravity of the wort you used for the starter?

Why didn’t your smack pack swell? Just didn’t give it enough time or was it out of date?

OK, have to do it… RDWHAHB. He,He,He :smiley:

[quote=“brewingdan”]What was your gravity of the wort you used for the starter?

Why didn’t your smack pack swell? Just didn’t give it enough time or was it out of date?[/quote]

I hate those stupid things. I never feel like i can find the nutrient pack.

I only gave it about 3 hours, but the date was 2/11/13.

Gravity was about 1.054.

I also realized I am going to have to decant like a mofo as there was a decent amount of trub in the wort I used. FML.

You will be fine, probably going by now