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Old 11-05-2010, 03:26 PM   #1
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Default First starter....what a mess!!!

After all the reading and video watching I made my first starter. Everything was going well until I tried to add the DME to my eryenmyer flask. I know DME turns into paste when wet but it just made a huge mess. After getting it in and it finished boiling I had a mess to clean up.

Anyone have tips for getting the DME into the flask without making a mess? Can the DME go in before I put it on the heat?

Besides that it looked good this morning. No stir plate yet so I'm shaking it every chance I get!



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Old 11-05-2010, 03:30 PM   #2
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Heat water only in the flask.
Measure out DME and nutrient in a mixing bowl.
Pour now hot flask water into bowl and mix with a whisk.
Pour mixing bowl contents back into flask through a funnel.
Add anti-foam drops.
Boil.



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How the hell did I not think of that!!!

Thanks dstar.

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Old 11-05-2010, 11:22 PM   #4
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Heat water only in the flask.
Measure out DME and nutrient in a mixing bowl.
Pour now hot flask water into bowl and mix with a whisk.
Pour mixing bowl contents back into flask through a funnel.
Add anti-foam drops.
Boil.
If you have a kitchen scale that measures in grams, it's even easier:

1) calculate starter size at mrmalty.com
2) put size/10 grams of DME in flask
3) add water until you are at <size>
4) add fermcap / anti-foam drops
5) heat and boil
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Old 11-05-2010, 11:49 PM   #5
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Place flask on digital scale and zero out
Add DME by weight
Add water to reach desired volume
Shake like hell to dissolve DME
Boil on stove top.

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Don't tell Mark! Mess with starters and he'll kick you out of NBHS!

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Make starter wort in pot
Use funnel to put in sanitized flask
Chill
Pitch
Cover
Shake n' wait

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Don't tell Mark! Mess with starters and he'll kick you out of NBHS!
Haha thanks Sonny.

I went from that mess to my airlock busting and krausen all over.


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