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climateboy 11-14-2008 08:30 PM

Dark DME for a starter
 
Some days you give advice, and some days you ask for it. Today, I'm doing the asking.

I'm going to step up a starter for a Bell's Two-Hearted clone that I'm brewing tomorrow. Trouble is, I don't have enough light DME to get there. I have plenty of dark DME though, and some amber. I've read that one shouldn't use dark DME because it will flavor the beer...it will be a 2 liter starter in a 5.5 gallon batch.

Any opinions?


Thanks,

CB

homebrewer_99 11-14-2008 08:46 PM

Starters should be made with whatever you are using in the batch.

Since that's not possible in your case, I would opt for the lightest availble which would be your amber. ;)

climateboy 11-14-2008 08:48 PM

Crap. I'll be using amber in the batch, but I don't have enough to spare for the whole starter. Maybe I can get away with a 1.030 starter if I combine what I can spare of the amber, the rest of the light, and as little of the dark as possible.

giligson 11-14-2008 09:49 PM

If you are in a tight spot use whatever you have but let the starter go a little longer so that more of the yeast cells sink. Dump off the supernatant (the liquid above the yeast cake) and just use the settled yeast to start.

climateboy 11-14-2008 09:53 PM

Well, at this point I'm wondering whether to use what I have...a liter of fermented starter...or step them up. They'll have about 24 hours to do their thing, which should be enough settled at the bottom.


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