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Old 10-24-2012, 01:14 AM   #11
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The best way would just be to make a normal sized starter and then use it to ferment a small batch of beer (however many gallons of starter you need for your big lager), and then use ALL of the yeast from that batch to ferment your doppelbock. The advantage to this method is you get extra beer out of it, instead of decanting tons of DME juice down the drain. Just keep your "stepper" beer lowish gravity, 1.040-1.050.

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Old 10-24-2012, 06:21 PM   #12
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I have heard many people recomend that one actually double pitch when you make a high gravity lager, so use twice the size of the starter that mr. malty says that you should use.

If I were to follow this advice, I would need to make 3 gallons of 1.040 beer with my munich extract. What I would do next is take all the ingrediants I have listed, make a 5 gallon batch of beer, but let it boil way on down until it hit a volume of 2 gallons, and add that to the "starter beer" would there be any problem with doing that?

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Old 10-24-2012, 08:53 PM   #13
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I believe Mr. Malty has a "lager" setting that should work for any gravity lager you choose- pitching rates are about double ale rates, or more, depending.

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Old 10-24-2012, 10:58 PM   #14
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It does have a lager setting, I have read from others that they suggest doubling the lager pitching rate that they advocate for large lagers, any thoughts?

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