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Old 02-03-2012, 12:48 AM   #1
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Default Fermentin' 15gal?

Well I know you all are going to say to make a starter, but I don't think I have the appropriate supplies to make one. I ordered 2 Wyeast Smack Packs...think this will do the trick? (*Please say yes*)

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Old 02-03-2012, 12:51 AM   #2
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Too many factors not mentioned to give you an answer. What will the OG be? What is the age of the yeast packs? Using Mr. Malty will help you answer your question.

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Old 02-03-2012, 12:55 AM   #3
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If your OG is 1.055 with smack packs at 95% viability you would want 6 smack packs. Get some DME and a sanitary vessel and make a basic starter.

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Old 02-03-2012, 01:01 AM   #4
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Too many factors not mentioned to give you an answer. What will the OG be? What is the age of the yeast packs? Using Mr. Malty will help you answer your question.
OG is 1.063 and the yeast packs are prob less than a week old.

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If your OG is 1.055 with smack packs at 95% viability you would want 6 smack packs. Get some DME and a sanitary vessel and make a basic starter.
Ugh, I know you are right, have no way to get some DME in time as we are looking to brew on Sunday; no homebrew store nearby. Looks like I need to do some googling on a starter with grains
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Old 02-03-2012, 01:50 AM   #5
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get a jar of molasses and mix it with twice as much water, makes a good starter in a pinch

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Or try picking up some malta!! if your supermarket carries it works for making starters. i have one going right now on my stir plate!

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Making a starter from grains is simple, mash enough grains to make as many liters of 1.040 wort as you need for the starter, boil it for a half hour, chill, and off to the starter races.

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If you have ingredients for 15 gallons you have ingredients to make a decent starter, or you should wait. Why risk that amount of time and money and not have enough yeast to do the job?

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Seems like making a starter will be my best bet no matter what; plus much cheaper than buying 4-5 more smack packs.

Any quick links on a how-to?

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Old 02-03-2012, 04:00 AM   #10
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Well I know you all are going to say to make a starter, but I don't think I have the appropriate supplies to make one. I ordered 2 Wyeast Smack Packs...think this will do the trick? (*Please say yes*)

Its not the best but even basic sugar will make a starter. Typically 1.5 smack packs per 5 gals is what is needed. So ull need 4-5 smack packs. With no starter, take ur 2 packs and make a gallon starter
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