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Yeast Starters

Discussion in 'Homebrewing' started by scott504, Mar 18, 2011.

  1. Mar 18, 2011 at 6:52 PM
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    scott504

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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.
     
  2. Mar 18, 2011 at 6:53 PM
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    for bread or beer making?
     
  3. Mar 18, 2011 at 7:19 PM
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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.
     
  4. Mar 20, 2011 at 10:35 AM
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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 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.
     
  8. Jun 21, 2011 at 9:52 AM
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    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.
     
  9. Jun 22, 2011 at 8:39 AM
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    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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