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Old 06-10-2012, 05:09 AM   #1
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Default Two starter questions

1) do you account for the volume of the starter (1-2 L) in the final volume of the beer - so that you don't have too much wort?

2) if adding nutrient to the starter, is it not necessary to add more nutrient to the wort when boiling the full batch?

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Old 06-10-2012, 05:18 AM   #2
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1. I usually do not account for the starter volume, at least not on paper. I do a starter most of the time, so now that I think about it, I think I unconsciously account for it...

2. Yeast Nutrient? meh. I think that's one of those things that sounds good on paper, but really it's not worth it. I've got a vial of it, I bought years ago, I'm not convinced it really winds up doing anything. If there is ever a place for it, it would be in an all grain batch (but I don't even use it in my AG batches...). Any LME/DME you buy is going to be fortified and make yeast nutrient quite unnecessary. I liken it to us taking a multivitamin. All other things normal and equal, not going to make much of a difference. But, in proper amounts, it won't hurt either... but if you put it in your starter, no way do you need to add it to the 5gallon batch too.

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Old 06-10-2012, 05:29 AM   #3
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I don't add the starter to the wort, only the yeast I grew. I don't want 2-3 liters of funky sour aerated beer in my wort. As far as yeast nutrient, you typically won't need that in beer.

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Old 06-10-2012, 05:39 PM   #4
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Thanks for the tips! I will decant off the starter wort and not worry about the nutrient.

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