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Old 12-24-2012, 12:01 AM   #1
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I'm currently using a 1L flask and 1/2 gal. glass container for ale starters. I understand lager/pils need higher cell counts. What do you suggest for starter container size?

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Old 12-24-2012, 05:30 AM   #2
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i always do for wyeast 3L and for WLP yeasts 4L starters

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I'm currently using a 1L flask and 1/2 gal. glass container for ale starters. I understand lager/pils need higher cell counts. What do you suggest for starter container size?
It kind of depends on the beer you're making. I have a 2L and a 5L flask which about covers any OG I am going to pitch. Most of the time if I am brewing a lager I'll step up a starter a few times so I can get away with smaller volumes. Looking back on it I would say a 3L flash would cover just about anything. If it's not large enough you can always step it up.
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I use a 2l flask and step the starter to get the yeast required. I use yeastcalc.com to determine the starter sizes.

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I find it useful to have both a 2L flask and a 4-5L flask. For my larger "flask", I simply use a $4 growler, which is approx 4L. The still plate works well enough in a growler.

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Old 12-24-2012, 07:31 PM   #6
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Thanks for the help. I'm now bidding on a 5L e flask. Between it and what I already have, I should be good.

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If you have a stir plate the flask is a good idea. If not, make your starter in your fermenter.

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I have one I built, following directions in the DIY section.

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I bought a beaker much cheaper than a flask, and less prone to boilovers.

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I bought a beaker much cheaper than a flask, and less prone to boilovers.
You must have got a good deal, then. Amazon's price for a 5L beaker is $49.95 vs the $26.00, used, for a flask, on Ebay. Rebel Brewer's flask is $34.95, new. As I don't plan on boiling in it, (electric stove), boilovers are a moot point.
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