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Old 09-13-2009, 12:10 AM   #1
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They have to have a weight limit right? I wanted to do a 5 gallon starter.
What would be the best method beside me and a hula hoop

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A 5 gallon starter? That's a batch of beer!

I definitely don't think a stir plate can hold that kind of weight. Why such a large starter?

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They have to have a weight limit right? I wanted to do a 5 gallon starter.
What would be the best method beside me and a hula hoop
Yikes. If you need that big of a starter, why not just brew a low gravity batch of beer and drop the brew that needs the big starter on the yeast cake?
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A 5 gallon starter? That's a batch of beer!

I definitely don't think a stir plate can hold that kind of weight. Why such a large starter?

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I just finished this fermenter.

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/2-54...-build-135991/

i am going to do 45 gallon batches.
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I just finished this fermenter.

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/2-54...-build-135991/

i am going to do 45 gallon batches.
Yipes! That's some serious fermentin' goin' on there! I applaud you, sir.

Is it feasible for you to acquire larger quantities of yeast from suppliers, like brewpubs probably do?

But, like EvilGnome said, I guess you could just brew a batch of beer and then pitch the cake.

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I dont know what a cake is but i would imagine it being a concentrated yeast cake.

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What they're saying that is if you brew a 5 gallon batch of beer, when you rack off the beer you basically have a 5-gallon starter right there. Pitch that in your gigantobatch.

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What they're saying that is if you brew a 5 gallon batch of beer, when you rack off the beer you basically have a 5-gallon starter right there. Pitch that in your gigantobatch.
ok gotcha. This is the first time for this brew. So i dont have a cake for it. I was going to make a 2000ml starter and then add it to a 5 gallon bucket.
This is good to go right?
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It just seems like a waste. A starter is basically just a small batch of beer that you pour out and use the yeast for a bigger batch. If you're going to make a 5 gallon "batch of beer" you might as well get the beer from it.

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ChshreCat has it right. A 5 gallon starter would be a waste of good beer. Brew a 5 gallon batch then pitch the Mega batch on to the yeast cake. OR Call White Labs and get a Gallon of yeast from them. I'd bet it will cost less then making a 5 gallon starter.

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