|Krausen from the Gulden Draak Yeast|
That changed tonight. I picked up the flask, thinking I'd drain off all but the bit at the bottom of the flask (in case there was something useful left in there) when I noticed something. There was a krausen at the top of the flask! And there were bubbles coming up from the bottom. The yeast was alive after all, it had just taken a while to reach critical mass. There were even bubbles in the airlock every so often to let me know it was working!
I put the flask back on the magnetic stirrer and set it to work. This time, I saw big chunks of white yeast being stirred up from the bottom. Before long, there had even been a bit if blow-off into the airlock. This yeast was finally getting to work on the sugar! Needless to say, I was pleased.
|Airlock showing wort blow-off|
Here's what we had in the flask two days ago:
|December 8 Yeast Level|
And, before all the yeast had even settled to the bottom, here's what I found tonight:
|December 11 Yeast Level - Time for Another Starter?|
Notice that there's a lot more in the bottom of the flask, and that it's not as thin as it was a couple of days ago. The yeast has managed to grow.
Tomorrow night, I'll be creating another starter wort for the yeast. I want to be sure I have a large enough colony of this stuff to handle a 2.5 gallon or 5 gallon batch of Gulden Draak clone beer. My goal is to take a stab at it this Saturday (December 13, 2014).
Here's Part 3 - The Brewing...