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Old 02-09-2008, 06:56 PM   #1
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I want to make a starter for tomorrows brew day but i only have a empty milk jug. if i sanatize the heck out of it can i use it?

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Old 02-09-2008, 07:07 PM   #2
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This is interesting. It could work if, like you say, you sanitize the heck out of it. But, tell you the truth, I wouldn't use it. Do you have a glass jar of jam, jelly, spread, juice, etc? Any food you have in a glass jar could be emptied and you can use the glass. Actually, you could use a beer bottle (or two), just cover them with foil and you should be good to go!

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Old 02-09-2008, 07:13 PM   #3
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If were you, I would go to the grocery, go to the natural foods section (might have to go to a Whole Foods like place) and buy a gallon of apple juice in the glass jugs. Pour the juice into the milk jug. Clean the glass juice jug. Use the juice jug of your starter (and many more to follow) and drink the juice (it is good juice).

If there is no time for that, I would use a 22oz beer bottle. I would worry about getting all the milk smell/taste out of the plastic, but other than that, it should work fine.

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Old 02-09-2008, 07:16 PM   #4
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Well,

I ran into a similar problem. My small stopper kept sliding out of a 22 oz bottle because I used star san and it was still wet. I went back to the first bottle I had used with my first starter which was originally a 1/2 liter coffee creamer container. I had bleached the f* out of it and then rinsed for no less than five minutes until the smell of creamer and bleach was completely gone and then I applied star san and let it dry. The first batch has no infection and my third batch (second with this container) is also contaminant free so I would say that as long as you are rigorous in cleaning it you might get a bug but I wouldn't count on it.

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Old 02-09-2008, 07:18 PM   #5
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+1 on the glass jar, and as an aside I'm not sure how useful the starter will be after just one day; if it's a smack pack, you generally let it swell for a day before pitching into a starter in the first place. After that, you want the starter to work for at least a couple of days. It least that's my understanding from reading and that's how I've done the couple of starters I've made.

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I went to the local brewpub and got a growler for like $1.50 empty.

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Biermuncher uses plastic apple juice jugs, Whitelabs sends their yeast in plastic. I really dont see why a milk jug wouldnt work just fine.

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whats the rule of thumb on a starter? How much dme to water ratio? Got my first white labs tube and need to make a starter. thanks

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Preparing yeast starters in the How to Brew book. Palmer says a pint of water to 1/2 cup DME.

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whats the rule of thumb on a starter? How much dme to water ratio? Got my first white labs tube and need to make a starter. thanks
or 10 to 1 ........100 grams per Liter

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