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Old 10-30-2009, 01:37 PM   #1
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And a friend of mine gave me a 500ml Pyrex beaker. Is this big enough to make a starter for an PA extract kit? I usually just make starters in other glass containers, but wanted to know if I can use this properly.

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And a friend of mine gave me a 500ml Pyrex beaker. Is this big enough to make a starter for an PA extract kit? I usually just make starters in other glass containers, but wanted to know if I can use this properly.
I think it's too small. Even if you made a very small starter, it would probably boil over. I made a 500 ml starter in a 1000ml flask, and it boiled over.
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okay, so basically the 500ml is too small for most of my needs.

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500ml is probably too small (my starter size is usually about 750ml-1000ml), but you could make use of it with a smaller starter if you either use Fermcap and/or boil the starter in another pot before transfer to the flask (and, again you may need Fermcap during the ferment to prevent a mess).

In my opinion, even a small starter is better than no starter at all.

Edit: just re-read that you said "beaker" not "flask". Probably not worth it at all with a beaker that size - better to use an old growler or half gallon mason jar.

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I have growlers that I sterilize and use that can hold a much larger starter. I usually just make a starter in there. I will most likely do that again here. Stinks, I get a free flask and it is basically of no use. I also plan on making a stir plate from the diy section and ordering a 2000ml flask kit soon.

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+1 for FermCapS. I make 1000 mL starters in a 1000 mL erlenmeyer flask, and no boilovers....just a drop'll do ya!

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