Originally Posted by OrlandoHomeBrewer
I am planning on brewing tomorrow afternoon/evening. I pulled my Wyeast out of the fridge and noticed it is a Propagator and not an Activator. I haven't done a starter before. I have read the instructions and it seems simple enough.
I know it is recommended but do I have to do it? I don't have any DME. My LHBS carries it in 3 lb bag (which is WAY more than I need). Is this something that grocery stores carry (Publix, Whole Foods, etc.) in smaller quantities? Could I use something else as a substitute?
Do you have to make a starter - NO!
Should you make a starter - YES!
Are you brewing all grain or with extract?
If all grain. Mash .5 lb base grain in 1 qt water @ 150 for 1 hr, remove grain, boil, cool, shake wort, and pitch yeast.
If extract, take 1/2 cup of the extract from your kit, mix with one pint of water, boil, cool, shake wort, and pitch yeast.
I swirl my starter every time I walk past it (so does Mrs. Jass) because I do not have a stir plate. After you have brewed and the wort is at pitching temp., swirl solution to re-suspend the yeast and pour into wort. Here's
a link to Palmer's instructions.
Good luck and Cheers