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msa8967 04-06-2013 06:26 PM

Can a 3 gallon carboy be used effectively to make a starter?
 
Looking to make 2 higher gravity beers that each will use the same yeast and need a gallon of starter each. Was wondering if any has tried using a 3 gallon carboy to make a larger starter.

TahoeRy 04-06-2013 06:31 PM

I don't see why not. Just be sure to step it up. Dont just add 2 gallons and pitch your culture. Work it up to the 2 gallon. I believe the best way to do it would be something like a 1L then the two gallon. This obviously depends on your culture size.

msa8967 04-06-2013 06:37 PM

I already have the yeast from the 1 gallon stage but I don't have a second 1 gallon container to use for the next step.

Johnnyhitch1 04-06-2013 07:16 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by msa8967 (Post 5082585)
I already have the yeast from the 1 gallon stage but I don't have a second 1 gallon container to use for the next step.

Decant as much liquid as you can and pitch fresh wort on top. Wont get you exact numbers for a 2gal starter but youll get pretty close.
Cheers!

StMarcos 04-06-2013 07:49 PM

I do it all the time. Usually use 2-3L on a stirplate, then up to 8L in the carboy (O2 dosed every 15min for a couple hours). 16.5gal batch.


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