Does anyone experience long-ish lag times with this yeast? One reason I generally like White Labs more is they allow users to post reviews of a particular yeast, but I had to go to a different LHBS and they only carry Wyeast.
I used it a week back to make a Cali Common (OG 1.052) and noticed that even though I pitched about a 1L starter (made with a new smack pack, which I also HATE as I never know if I’ve punctured the inner package), it took awhile to start showing visible activity at 62 degrees.
Once it got going, it actually fermented out pretty quickly, and made what is so far a great beer (still in primary) in about 7 days (gravity of 1.012 after a week).
I bottom-harvested some yeast from this vessel, and since my new chilling process involves me racking the beer off the majority of the trub prior to pitching. I pitched over a cup of what should have been mostly pure slurry(~400bi cells) into an Octoberfest.
this is my first lager, so I don’t feel totally awful asking noobish questions…no airlock activity yet.