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Old 09-11-2012, 10:13 PM   #1
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Ordered a Dunkelweizen kit and the Wyeast 3068 smack pack arrived partially inflated. Plan to brew this weekend so I think I will build a starter tonight and then decant for it to be ready to pitch. I don't want 200 billion cells for this beer as I like the banana flavor.

What would be your recommendation for how big of a starter I need? I was thinking of building a one liter starter.

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Old 09-11-2012, 10:41 PM   #2
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Ordered a Dunkelweizen kit and the Wyeast 3068 smack pack arrived partially inflated. Plan to brew this weekend so I think I will build a starter tonight and then decant for it to be ready to pitch. I don't want 200 billion cells for this beer as I like the banana flavor.

What would be your recommendation for how big of a starter I need? I was thinking of building a one liter starter.
Www.yeastcalc.com
Use this to calculate your first step and just slightly under pitch.
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I also like yeastcalc.com. I remember hearing from a webcast from someone from wyeast that for a hefeweizen, pitch 6-12 million cells/mL, depending on what you want to accentuate. Since you are shooting for more banana, then closer to 6 mil/mL would be good. According to yeastcalc.com, a 1 liter starter with no aeration (not even intermittent shaking) will give you about 7.4 if the viability of the pack is high (97%), so 1 liter might work great for you. When I brewed a dunkelweizen last month with this yeast, I used a 1L starter on a stir plate so I could freeze some of the yeast and still get about 9 million/ml. I think I ended up pitching a little higher, at like 10 or 11 million/mL, and I can definitely taste and smell the banana, but it is a little more subdued than I'm sure you'd want.

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