I finally brewed my first all grain batch. My question is, I pitched a 35ml vile of white labs California ale yeast. This is the first time I’ve used this one and it seems to be stuck.
Have you had any experience using this strain?
If your tube was very fresh and hadn’t been damaged during shipping (such as getting frozen or overheated), and if you aerated very well, and if your wort wasn’t too high original gravity, then you can get away with pitching directly from a tube — but really creating a starter yeast is the best way to proceed.
For now, what you can do is make sure your wort is at around 70F and swirl the fermenter two or three times a day to keep things mixed up. If it doesn’t take off in a day or so, then pitch a pack of dry yeast, if you have one.
Keep in mind that when pitching a white labs tube that a lag time of 18-24 hours isn’t all that unusual and you’ll probably see your yeast come back to life shortly.
Here’s a youtube example covering the same topic.