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Old 02-05-2011, 06:19 PM   #1
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I plan on brewing Sunday, a Rogue Dead Guy Ale Clone. I'm using Wyeast Northwest Activator yeast. When should I make the starter? How will I know it's ready to pitch?

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Old 02-05-2011, 06:27 PM   #2
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There are lots of good guides to making a starter on the forums, and the MrMalty calculator will tell you how big of a starter you need. But for a big lager like a dead guy clone, you will most definitely need a starter.

Edit: Mr. Malty also has a good guide to making starters.

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Old 02-05-2011, 10:06 PM   #3
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Unless using dry; I always make a starter (but then I use only Whitelabs rather than Wyeast ~ Personal preference w/the tubes rather than the smackpack)

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I plan on brewing Sunday, a Rogue Dead Guy Ale Clone. I'm using Wyeast Northwest Activator yeast. When should I make the starter? How will I know it's ready to pitch?

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If you're brewing Sunday (tomorrow), stop whatever you're doing and make your starter right now. It will be ready to pitch by the time you finish brewing tomorrow.
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I usually make a starter 4 days before brew day. In my last 2 batches i collect an extra 2 liters of wort to use as a starter for my next batch. It works really well for me and have noticed a decrease in lag time versus using DME to make a starter.

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It usually takes 18-24 hrs on a stir plate for a 2 Liter starter.

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