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Old 12-27-2008, 06:32 PM   #11
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I make my starters in a flask on my gas stove --- now that I got some fermcap and put a drop in the starter. I do mix the DME in with warm water in a separate bowl though just because it gets real messy trying to get it through the small opening.

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Old 12-28-2008, 08:55 PM   #12
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Mr. Camel,

that sounds exactly like what happened. Next time i will just finish my boil.

As far as transfering, I like the flask because i can just dunk the whole thing in an ice bath, plus the benefit of only having one vessel to clean.

As far as not making a mess filling the flask. I put the DME in the flask while it is dry. I roll a piece of paper into a makeshift funnel, and just dump it in, then i add warm water and swirl.

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Old 12-29-2008, 01:27 AM   #13
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I do most of the boil in a pot and then transfer to the flask and boil a couple minutes in the flask. Works much easier that way. I will have to try the fermcap-s though.

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Old 12-29-2008, 11:46 AM   #14
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I also made my first starter last night. It took about 15 seconds to figure out that I needed some Fermcap-S. Luckily, I had that in the garage.

Figuring out how to get the DME in the flask took me a little longer, though (Separate bowl + funnel FTW!)

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Old 12-29-2008, 05:37 PM   #15
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It worked! So i made my yeast starter on wednesday night. I shook it vigorously 4-5 times per day. I pitched my yeast on Saturday night into a 1.065 wort. By sunday morning the yeast had already taken off.

That's it, I can't imagine not using a yeast starter.

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I usually take a 3rd (or 4th) running from my mash tun, boil it down to about 1.030 on my stove while I'm timing my brew boil, and keep it in a sanitized bottle. Then I use it for starters in mason jars. Just got to remember to aerate (shake a lot) before and after adding yeast.

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I usually take a 3rd (or 4th) running from my mash tun, boil it down to about 1.030 on my stove while I'm timing my brew boil, and keep it in a sanitized bottle. Then I use it for starters in mason jars. Just got to remember to aerate (shake a lot) before and after adding yeast.
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