I hear about yeast starter but i dont understand the concept of how and why. Can you help?
Lime juice is very acidic and has preservatives that would probably kill yeast if I just pitched the packet without making a good starter.
A starter is just as it sounds: starting to grow your yeast colony before adding it to your must (your juice and sugar mixture).
You rehydrate the yeast in the water and you add some kind of fermentable sugar for the yeast to eat and grow and multiply.
I've made skeeter pee before, but this one is a first for me. The must by itself made for a great margarita by itself, so I'm hoping this will taste like one once it is finished. About 2 hours while watching the Tigers game, the airlock started bubbling away. It's going so strong that water is being pushed out if the airlock. I'll have to craft a blowoff tube before I go to bed.
Looking fwd to trying this. I've made two batches of skeeter pee, substituting a 32 oz bottle of lime juice for the third bottle of lemon juice, and it's excellent, i.e. very light lemon-lime flavor, but could use more lime. Your recipe should give me the limey-ness I'm looking for.
Well, I do have an update. The yeast sure have been busy the last 4 days. It is already down to 1.038 (5.5% ABV). It has a distinct brown sugar and lime flavor and I can't even taste a hint of alcohol. It smells like a good, homemade margarita mix.
This is after adding the nutrient, energizer, remaining lime juice, and pectic enzyme. As soon as the nutrient hit the surface, it foamed up pretty good, like a root beer, but with almost a 2 inch tall head.
Here's how it looked when the foam settled out.
I added a few ice cubes as it was warm and tart at first sip. It tastes like a non-alcoholic margarita. I have a feeling this one is going to be as popular as the skeeter pee I made