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Old 01-28-2012, 11:29 PM   #11
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What a great idea! So you could make a gallon (or two) of wort, rack to mason jars and store in the fridge? Then obviously boil them and proceed with the starter?

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Old 01-29-2012, 02:33 AM   #12
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i just did a quick BIAB for my starter wort, boiled for 15 minutes and cooled. 1 lb of two row was $0.70 and made about 3 quarts of good starter wort....good enough for me!
$6 for 1 lb at the LHBS, which equals roughly 1.7 lbs of 2-row, which yeilds a $4-5 savings...worth it for me. Just need to get a canner and I will make up numerous starter worts to grab in a hurry.

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Old 01-29-2012, 03:12 AM   #13
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$0.70 for a lb. of 2 row?? I might be making a drive out to Mankato soon!

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or you could always brew a beer and save some of the runnings for yeast starters. boil it, cool it and refrigerate it in a sanitized container or freeze

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Old 01-29-2012, 04:16 AM   #15
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No DME on hand?
Nope, no DME on hand. I used some old LME on the last starter I made and dumped the whole 2000 ml starter into a 10 gallon batch, should have decanted. The final product had a twang to it, like burnt LME.

This time just want to make a starter out of fresh grain.
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or you could always brew a beer and save some of the runnings for yeast starters. boil it, cool it and refrigerate it in a sanitized container or freeze
I was thinking about something similar, just don't want to do it on brew day, would rather have the starter wort available a day or two before.
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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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So are you gonna can it after and keep it on hand?
I don't know Revvy but making a gallon or two might not be a bad idea to have on hand later. Not real familiar with the canning process, I suppose I can Google that.
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Old 01-29-2012, 04:28 AM   #19
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easy way would be dme at first. but if you think about it it is more fun making a batch wort A.G. style and making many pre made starters that will save time on the next batch you need a starter for. 1 small mini AG wort starter batch will get ya set for 5 batches. you could so same with dme but there is where the money comes in play

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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
I'm not trying to save money, just don't want to buy DME since I have grain at hand. I plugged the numbers into BeerSmith and for a quart starter it said to use 6.4 ounces of grain to get a 1.041 wort but the water required part was over a gallon and included a 60 minute boil. I'm thinking about just putting 4 quarts of water in a crockpot with a half pound of grain. Thinking of adding it all together and setting the crockpot on low for a few hours. If the starter OG is to high I'll add some water and if to low, do another crockpot mash with more grain or just let evaporation occur and when the gravity is correct stop the process.

I'd like to come come up with a starter wort around 1.035 to have on hand.
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