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Old 11-13-2012, 10:27 PM   #11
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Cool. Thanks all for your help.

The flask was actually reasonably cheap $40 AU. I have the bits to make a stir plate now too, also cheap. I'll give it a go. I want to make a Pliny the elder clone from NHC recipes next.
Then the stir plate is the next step! Go for it!
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Old 11-14-2012, 02:20 AM   #12
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I use my 5 Liter when I do lagers but will usually step them up in a 2 liter first.

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Old 11-14-2012, 03:39 PM   #13
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I use my 5L for lager starters. I will use 2 vials to avoid step up and figure $5 more for 5 gallons of beer that will take 6+ months to be ready is worth it.

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Old 11-14-2012, 03:52 PM   #14
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Here's my starter..goin to step it up tonight...
It's 4 vials of 007 on a stirplate..for 10 anv ruination clone (15gallons)
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Old 11-14-2012, 04:02 PM   #15
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Here's my starter..goin to step it up tonight...
It's 4 vials of 007 on a stirplate..for 10 anv ruination clone (15gallons)
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Is that a mesh bag on top of it? I might have to steal that idea. Sometimes my starters get away from me and push the foam stopper out.
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Old 11-14-2012, 04:10 PM   #16
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Loose fitting tin foil is easy and disposable.

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Old 11-14-2012, 04:18 PM   #17
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I use the mesh bag so those dang pesky flys won't get into a starter..I hate losing money(x vials + dme, sugar)....cause its happened once in the past...
I also use foil, just in case the mesh bag fails.cause the last thing is you want is to have an infected starter..
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Old 11-14-2012, 04:29 PM   #18
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You could also make a ~2.5L starter and then decant and put the slurry into another container. Leave some of the slurry in the flask and pour another ~2.5 L of chilled wort on top of it for starter #2. Not very scientific but you'd probably come out with about the right number of yeast cells.
If you use yeastcalc.com you'll find that the combination of two 2.5L starters will give you MORE cells than a single 5L starter. Actually, it will get you almost half again as many yeast cells at the end.

I have the first step of a two step starter schedule going right now (made last night). Using .7L and 1L starters, I'll get more cells than a 3L starter would provide. Of course, I'm using a stirplate to make the starters finish faster and use smaller starters.
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I make 4L starters in a 5L flask and use a stir plate. Crank the stir plate up and the krausen doesn't build up too much.

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Can't wait to crank it up. The stir bar I bought is 28mm, the only one this shop had. Is that big enough for this 5L flask?

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