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Old 02-24-2011, 01:08 PM   #1
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Default First Yeast Starter (pics)

I've been brewing for a long time but last night was my first successful attempt to do a starter for the batch I plan to brew this weekend. I was using a 1L flask with 1/2cup DME and 1 pint of water, and it did boil over a bit, but as of this morning fermentation is evident with tiny co2 bubbles rising off the yeast cake on the bottom of the flask. It's WLP800 Pilsner Lager yeast incase you were wondering. Enjoy!











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Old 02-24-2011, 02:07 PM   #2
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You wont get much cell growth if you pitched a whole vial into 1 pint of wort but atleast you will get metabolism going.

Nice pics.

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Old 02-24-2011, 02:12 PM   #3
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Yeah I hope you're making just a couple gallons because I can't imagine that's enough yeast for a full batch. But good that you're taking a huge step towards making great beer.

Use Mr Malty to determine the right size starter: http://www.mrmalty.com/calc/calc.html

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Old 02-24-2011, 05:19 PM   #4
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+1 to the Mr malty calculator. My last lager I needed to make up a 3500ml starter on a stir plate starting from 1 vial.

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I'd much rather do a bigger one but even 1 pint boiled over in a 1 liter flask. I'm thinking I need a 3 or 4 liter one. Is a 1 liter flask useful for anything?

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I pretty much only use a 1L flask when I have a pack of yeast that was manufactured really recently, and I'm pitching into a low gravity (1.060 or less) ale. Basically, it just wakes the yeast up, gets a little bit of reproduction, and allows them to get some nutrients before beginning fermentation.

You can get 1L to boil in a 1L flask - you just have to get through the hot break and be careful... just like brewing.

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i used a 1000ml flask to make a starter the other day i added 1/2cup of DME to around 800ml of water boiled in a pan funneled wort into flask and cooled flask down to 70degrees at which point i pitched my yeast to it. My yeast cake is developing nicely been under 24hrs still but i plan on brewing late tomorrow afternoon at which point it will be 40hrs of fermentation before i pitch the starter

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Use a double boiler type method to keep from boiling over. (Put the flask into a pot of water and boil the water). Just boil for five or ten extra minutes; it feels better.
Seriously, you have to boil for longer to get the wort up over 200 deg F. It's a good idea to use a thermometer in the starter wort to make sure it's up to temp before starting the timer.

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Thanks for the replies everyone, This will be for a 5 gallon batch I'm going to do on Saturday. It should still be an improvement over just pitching the White Labs vial into the cooled wort, right?

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It should still be an improvement over just pitching the White Labs vial into the cooled wort, right?
Perhaps slightly. You should have used a bit more wort as others have said. I always use the mr. malty calculator to figure out how much exactly.
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