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Old 02-29-2008, 05:51 PM   #1
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Im doing my second ag brew tomorrow (Ohio Brewtus' EF clone) and was wondering if it's necessary to do a starter? I've never done one yet, but I now have the stuff to do one. I will be getting my grains and yeast (White Labs 007) this afternoon, and I HAVE to brew tomorrow, will 24 hours be enough time to do a starter in? It's not a big beer 1.060, should I just pitch the vial and not worry about it?

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Old 02-29-2008, 05:54 PM   #2
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That heavy I would not worry to much

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It is nearly always recommended to do a starter.
24 hours is a good time for a starter. You should have maximum reproduction before then and the yeast will be very active at pitching time.

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Ok, one yes one no. There's no problem doing one, I just didn't know if that was enough time for yeastie reproduction.

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Ok, one yes one no. There's no problem doing one, I just didn't know if that was enough time for yeastie reproduction.

As long as the yeast vial/pack isn't too old the starter should get going within 24 hours.

Have you seen the Mr. Malty pitching rate calculator for how big to make your starter?
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Make your starter tonight, 24 hours is enough time to get some yeast growth.

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Should I make this with light dme, or match the style with traditional dark dme?

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Light is fine. I use Xtra light for all my starters, but any DME will do.

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One more for yes, do a Starter. 24 Hours is plenty of time. The biggest Lag time I have ever had with a starter was about 3 hours.


As far as DE goes, I also use Extra Light DME for all my Starters.

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One more for yes, do a Starter. 24 Hours is plenty of time. The biggest Lag time I have ever had with a starter was about 3 hours.

It's a done deal, I made it last night, and it's bubbling away this morning. There is already sediment on the bottom, so after I brew today I just give it a good swirl and pitch away right?
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