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Old 01-20-2011, 06:24 AM   #1
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Default Stir Starter/2L flask - what size starter?

I made my stir starter today and got a 2L flask. I realize this is huge and way too big to do my usual 1 pt/ 1/2 cup DME. There is barely enough wort to fill the bottom of the flask. Obviously the vortex goes crazy on the bottom. What am I missing here?

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Why such a small starter, do you make tiny OG beers? Have you checked out the pitching rate calculator at mrmalty.com?

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I usually go with .75-1L and decant

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Bump to 1 liter, then decant, and dont forget Mr Malty...

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I dissolve 228 grams of DME in two liters of water. Once dissolved I put the solution into the flask and boil for 5 minutes, cool and pitch the yeast. This give me a full two liter starter. No reason not to fill the flask all the way. Use some foam control to prevent a volcano and stir at room temperature.

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No reason not to fill the flask all the way. Use some foam control to prevent a volcano and stir at room temperature.
This is why I use 1l and not 2l...
but in the end, it all makes beer, so do what feels good

helpful info: Brew365 Yeast Starter

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This is why I use 1l and not 2l...
but in the end, it all makes beer, so do what feels good

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Larger is better. IMO, a one liter starter isn't worth the bother. Foam control is your friend, nothing to fear.
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i so scred that up, i make a 2l starter as well, not sure what I was thinking.
<looks around for a beer and puts down his coffee>

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i so scred that up, i make a 2l starter as well, not sure what I was thinking.
<looks around for a beer and puts down his coffee>

There that should help

Tim
FWIW, the 2 liter mark on most of the 2 liter flasks is considerably below the neck, so there's plenty of head space available in the event that it does get foamy. Even that is sometimes not enough, but I put the stir plate on a rimmed tray so the occasional overflow is very easy to clean up.
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I use an old 1 gallon wine bottle...

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