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Old 01-28-2012, 09:28 PM   #1
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Default How do you make (AG) wort for a starter?

I'd like to make wort to use in my yeast starter. I'll use 2-row barley and want to make around 1/2 gallon. Any help on water and grain volumes would be very much appreciated. Looking for gravity to be around 1.030 - 1.040



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No DME on hand?



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1.07 gal water to 10.7oz 2 row, BIAB
will give you around .5 gal at 1.035
At 72% efficiency
with .5 boil off at 60 min boil

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seriously, just use dme for your starter

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If you're brewing on a budget $1.50 to buy a lb of grain to make a starter is a much nicer looking option than dropping $5 of a lb of DME.

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So are you gonna can it after and keep it on hand?

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seriously, just use dme for your starter
Why? Lots of folks make real wort starters, and can them for use later.
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If you're brewing on a budget $1.50 to buy a lb of grain to make a starter is a much nicer looking option than dropping $5 of a lb of DME.
When you're only using like 3oz of DME are you really saving much doing an AG starter? That's like 5 starters per pound of DME. And there's no hassle of having to mash it.


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It seems like a lot of trouble to save an insubstantial amount of money. Maybe my perspective is out of wack. It seems pretty cheap for the few oz dme needed. If you want to make wort for it sure, you can save a few dollars. It won't make a hill of beans difference in your end product, just cost more time on a starter. I guess if you are already setup for canning then maybe it makes sense. For me, I'd need to by a pressure cooker and other canning supplies... dammit, now I am talking myself into going this route.. damn me

dme still seems easier... but hey... I guess if easy was the object we would just buy beer

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When you're only using like 3oz of DME are you really saving much doing an AG starter?

I pay .56 cents a pound for 2-row. The smallest amount of DME I can buy is a pound from my lhbs, for about 5 bucks, iirc.... Since most conversion is actually usually done after the first 20 minutes or so, you can easily make up several mason jars of starters in maybe an hour, 2 at most, and store them in the fringe after canning. Perfect thing to do on a winter or rainy afternoon on the stove when you got the brewing jones but don't really want to go outside. Heck with a two gallon cooler you can get a lot of them done.

And since it's technically brewing...it's fun to do, so "time" is not a factor for me.

And I don't have to slap my head and say, ****head you forgot the dme again....


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