First Time I Got Burned Because I Didn't Make A Starter

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  1. BoomerBrian

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    Brewed a Kolsch a few weeks ago. Didn't have time to make a starter so I pitched the White Labs Kolsch yeast directly at 60 degrees. It took forever to take off. Fast forward a few weeks and it tastes like shit!! Has a burnt rubber flavor to it.

    Reading around on Reddit others have had the same problem with this yeast fermenting at 60 and no starter.

    Lesson learned with this yeast. Either make a starter or pitch at a warmer temp and dial the temp down once there is activity. I will be opting for the starter.
     
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    Did you de-chlor your water by chance?
     
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    Is it possible you skunked the hell out of the hops? I had a batch of Cream Ale that I split into 2 carboys and the one that was closest to the window and got more light definitely had skunkier hops. If it's bad enough, the mercaptan that light-struck hops produce is very much burnt rubber.
     
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    Could just be sulfur - some German yeasts throw a good bit of it and burnt rubber sounds more like yeast's sulfur. The stressed fermentation supports that. Skunking smells, well, like a skunk. JA has another plausible solution, old or lightstruck hops. If it's sulfur, it'll eventually dissipate. If it's skunked, it's a dumper.
     
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    I use distilled water and build it up with salts.
     
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    Hops came straight out of the sealed bag from the manufacturer. I fermented in a white bucket. I do have a light in the fridge when it needs warming but it is pointed away from the bucket.
     
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    I'm going to let it set for a few weeks and see how it goes before dumping.
     

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