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Old 02-19-2010, 12:58 AM   #1
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Default How do I make a starter from a Wyeast packet?

Got lots of suggestions to make my own starter... Not sure I know how to do that yet.

Help?

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Old 02-19-2010, 01:06 AM   #2
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Got lots of suggestions to make my own starter... Not sure I know how to do that yet.

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Yes, you can make a starter using the Wyeast pack.

You can also harvest that yeast when done fermenting, wash it, store it for a bit then use it in another starter for a future batch.

Opps - i see that you asked a question I did not answer.

What questions do you have? You said you had suggestions already. Search the site and you will find many threads about this.
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Old 02-19-2010, 01:11 AM   #3
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Old 02-19-2010, 02:43 AM   #4
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4 qts water to 1 cup DME. Boil water & add DME. Boil for 15 minutes. Cool in ice bath to 70-65'. Pour into flask (you will have around 1800ml) & then add Wyeast. Put on stirplate for 24-48 hours. Montanaandy

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Old 02-19-2010, 03:14 AM   #5
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4 qts water to 1 cup DME. Boil water & add DME. Boil for 15 minutes. Cool in ice bath to 70-65'. Pour into flask (you will have around 1800ml) & then add Wyeast. Put on stirplate for 24-48 hours. Montanaandy
That would make for a starter with an OG of approximately 1.022. That is awful weak. Wyeast recommends an OG of 1.030-1.040. Many people suggest keeping it closer to 1.040.

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The optimal media for cell growth and health require using a malt based media (DME) fortified with nutrients. Gravity should be kept near 1.040 and cultures should be grown at 70°F.

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1 cup DME (100g, 3.5oz)
½ tsp Wyeast Nutrient
1qt.(1L) H2O
Mix DME, nutrient, and water.
Boil 20 minutes to sterilize.
Pour into a sanitized flask or jar with loose lid or foil.
Allow to cool to 70°F.
Shake well and add yeast culture.
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Follow my link, Andy is a "bit" off with the 16 cups water to 1 cup DME recommendation. If his measurement you could make a 5 gallon batch of beer with 5 cups of DME.

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Zane - you a are partially correct - I meant to type 2 qts of water/64 o to 1 cup/8 oz DME as per Palmer. You advocate 16 oz of water to 4 oz of DME which would translate to 32 oz of water to 8 oz of DME. Too thick and more than is needed. I will stick with Palmer's recommendations as they have served me well. Montanaandy.

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1.5c dme and 2qt water yields 1.033

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"1.5c dme and 2qt water yields 1.033"

So your point is...
I will stick with 8oz/1 cup DME/64 oz H2o. If you want to use 50% more DME go for it. Ultimately, use a stir plate or you are completely wasting your time. Montanaandy

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I don't mean to be anal, but I think you are confusing the fact that 1 cup of DME is not 8 oz by weight, its approximately 3.5 to 4oz by weight. Besides even Palmer recommends going with 1 cup to 32oz (1 qt) to produce an OG 1.040:

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Boil a pint (1/2 quart) of water and stir in 1/2 cup of DME. This will produce a starter of about 1.040 OG.
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