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Old 12-13-2007, 04:25 AM   #1
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I have a slant of White labs Cider yeast but I really only want to make 1 gallon batches. It doesn't seem like I need the whole slant so is there a way to make a starter make it pretty big and then just measure off portions for a gallon and then add more DME (I am assuming that would be what I would add to replenish the starter) and just keep it going like a sourdough starter. Is there a way to do that?

Also wondering how that yeast would taste in a mead. Maybe JAO? Any reason not to try it?

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The whole purpose of the slant is to have some long-term, stable storage for your yeast. You're right, you don't need the whole thing. You only need an inoculation loopful (not even that really...like 10µL). Use that to inoculate a 5mL culture of wort. Then step that up to 50mL, then 500mL. That way you can get many, many, many uses from your slant. Does that answer your question?

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That does answer my question except for the stepping up. By that you mean just feeding it DME and water?

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That's exactly what I mean.

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