So, I've done yeast starters before and had ok results. This time I really wanted to try and do everything possible to get the most out of my yeast vile. I used an erlenmeyer flask to boil my dme and went right from the flame to ice water to cool it down quickly, which was amazing as well as scary. I oxygenated the wort with a diffusion stone for the first time ever, pitched my yeast, used a foam stopper to cap it and kept it a a stir plate for three days. I brewed an all grain imported stout yesterday and oxygenated the wort in the carboy before pitching my flask of yeast. Ok, I know that this is just old news for some of you guys, but un-freaking-believable! That was at six o'clock in the evening, and the pictures below are at 12 o'clock midnight. Six hours later. Amazing. I'm a believer, just had to share.