Originally Posted by ikobrew47
Thanks for the reply. No, I didn't make a starter. I certainly understand the benefits and yeast starter equipment is currently on my wishlist. So, when you say give it some time, do you mean just let it sit until I get back next Friday?
Use yeastcalc.com or mrmalty.com (I like yeastcalc) to determine the starter size. You almost never want to just pitch liquid without a starter unless the beer is very small. The extra lag time is only part of the problem, under pitching can result in off flavors as well. You don't need any real equipment to do a starter. A stir plate and Erlenmeyer flask is nice and with a stir plate you get more yeast out of a smaller starter, but any glass vessel and some tinfoil on top will do.
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