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Old 03-18-2011, 06:52 PM   #1
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I am looking to buy a yeast starter kit but I am not sure whether I should get a 1000 or 2000ml flask. I only do 5g batches. Any input would be appreciated.
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I use the 2000mL, but I only boil about 1000mL (around 1/2 lb of DME with water to hit the 1000mL mark). Leaves enough space to avoid boil-overs usually and can ferment/propagate without blowing off.
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I am looking to buy a yeast starter kit but I am not sure whether I should get a 1000 or 2000ml flask. I only do 5g batches. Any input would be appreciated.

The bigger the better. Remember, the higher the starting gravity the bigger the starter needs to be. Lagers need really big starters too. It's always a good idea to have an oversized starter flask.
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The bigger the better. Remember, the higher the starting gravity the bigger the starter needs to be. Lagers need really big starters too. It's always a good idea to have an oversized starter flask.
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I don't think I've ever used a yeast starter.
Perhaps I should?

Recently, I've been using Wyeast Activator. Just smash the package, and let it swell. Add to wort & ferment.

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http://www.wyeastlab.com/hb_productd...m?ProductID=16
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I use the Activators, but I typically do starters. I want to get as many yeasties in there as I can to make sure nothing else gets to eat the sugar.
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I use the Activators, but I typically do starters. I want to get as many yeasties in there as I can to make sure nothing else gets to eat the sugar.
This is what I do as well. Unless we are doing a low gravity ale. Or if we decide to run and grab ingredients and brew without pre planning. Will be making a starter tonight I think for an IPA tomorrow.
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I don't think I've ever used a yeast starter.
Perhaps I should?

Recently, I've been using Wyeast Activator. Just smash the package, and let it swell. Add to wort & ferment.

Thoughts?
http://www.wyeastlab.com/hb_productd...m?ProductID=16
The wyeast smack pack, and the white labs pitchable vial are good for about 5 gallons of 1.040 wort. If you have any more wort, or higher gravity, you should make a starter.
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