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Old 06-16-2010, 08:29 PM   #1
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Default No DME, what to make starter with?

I plan to use some of my washed yeast that I have in a growler from a couple of batches ago. Problem is, I am out of DME. I usually use this method, but with dry yeast. This will be my first attempt to use the washed yeast process. Are there any alternative sources for the yeast for starters to use?
I am brewing the AHS AG Pliny clone with the White Labs 001, first time using White Labs for me too.
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Old 06-16-2010, 08:34 PM   #2
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Does the kit use DME? You could use some of the DME from the kit, then don't decant the starter. So long as the DME makes it into the wort, it's all the same really.

Malta Goya is another option if you can find that in the latino section of your grocery store.

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Couls alway mash a pouns of grain in a galoon of water for a 1.040 to 1.045 wort.

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Couls alway mash a pouns of grain in a galoon of water for a 1.040 to 1.045 wort.
Yeah! micro-mash!
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Old 06-16-2010, 09:00 PM   #5
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Geesh. Could my typing have gotten any worse?

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Geesh. Could my typing have gotten any worse?
I thought you were IP for a second...
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Couls alway mash a pouns of grain in a galoon of water for a 1.040 to 1.045 wort.
This is what I do. Cheaper than DME...
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I thought you were IP for a second...
It was hand sanitizer I tell ya! The alcohol made my typing slur!

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Could always mash a pound of grain in a gallon of water for a 1.040 to 1.045 wort.
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I found malt sweetener at a health food store. I think it's DME. I've used it and it seemed to work.

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This is an all grain kit, right? If you have spare grains you can do what Gila said above.

If you don't, you can mash the grain from the kit, and after you get all of your runnings for the brew, sparge a little extra, boil it for 20 minutes, cool it, and dump in the yeast. Unfortunately, it will take a few hours for the yeast to ramp up, so you'll have to let your wort sit for a few hours before you can pitch. However, if you keep the wort sealed during this time it should be just fine.

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