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Old 12-03-2013, 10:58 AM   #1
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Default Okay to make a lager starter at room temp?

I am going to try my hand at a lager...California common. I was wondering if the lager yeast starter needs to be done cold, or if room temp is okay?

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Old 12-03-2013, 11:41 AM   #2
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It's fine to do it at room temperature. You're not making beer - you're making a starter to increase your cell count.

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Old 12-03-2013, 11:48 AM   #3
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It's fine to do it at room temperature. You're not making beer - you're making a starter to increase your cell count.
Yep. I do mine on a stir plate sitting on the kitchen counter.

Keep in mind the need to have about twice the cell count for a lager vs. a comparable ale.
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Just be sure you decant off the starter liquid (after cold crash) or you're adding flavors you don't want.

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Okay...thanks guys

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It is actually desirable. The ideal temperature for growing yeast is around 70 deg F I believe

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It is actually desirable. The ideal temperature for growing yeast is around 70 deg F I believe
Yeah, I propagate all my yeast warm, just like Wyeast.
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Just be sure you decant off the starter liquid (after cold crash) or you're adding flavors you don't want.
I'm not so sure about that. I rarely decant for my ales or lagers, and haven't ever noticed any off-flavors.
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I'm not so sure about that. I rarely decant for my ales or lagers, and haven't ever noticed any off-flavors.
If you make a 2qt starter at 70f then you have brewed 10% of your lager crazy hot and decreased hops by like 12%.

No biggie for an ale especially, you might not notice, it's just sloppy given how anal we can be about other aspects of brewing. If you wouldn't drink it you probably shouldn't add it to your beer unless you want to dilute overhopped wort or something.
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I always decant my starters. I didn't when I first started brewing, but after my 3rd batch I decanted. I noticed it does improve the flavor.

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