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Old 05-14-2007, 12:46 PM   #1
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Im getting back into brewing after 1yr off. Im brewing a Belgain wit Extract and was wondering your thoughts. I only pitched 1 vial of White Labs liquid yeast 550 for the whole 10 gal batch. Fermentation started in about 10hrs but Im wondering if I should of pitched more and why?
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Old 05-14-2007, 01:07 PM   #2
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1 vial is enough, but you should have, as with 5 gallon batches, made a starter

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Old 05-14-2007, 05:14 PM   #3
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Default starter?

How do I make a starter and why do I need to make one? Will this help for a more complete ferm or help start the lil beggers going?
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A starter is basically a mini batch of beer. A starter makes sure the yeast is alive, builds up the cell count and gets them up and ready for the task of fermenting an entire brew.

You can make a starter in a 1/2 gal growler jar or a flask. I use about a 1/2 cup of dry malt extract boiled in a quart of water until sanitized and then I chill it down and throw it in a sanitized jar with the yeast.

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A starter is basically a mini batch of beer. A starter makes sure the yeast is alive, builds up the cell count and gets them up and ready for the task of fermenting an entire brew.

You can make a starter in a 1/2 gal growler jar or a flask. I use about a 1/2 cup of dry malt extract boiled in a quart of water until sanitized and then I chill it down and throw it in a sanitized jar with the yeast.
And double that for a 10 gal batch. Make it about 24 hours before you want to brew
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Old 05-14-2007, 07:55 PM   #6
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Ok
so boil 2liters of water with 1 cup DME,cool to 75°f ,add liquid yeast to sanitized bottle with air lock and let ferment over night.
Then do I dump the whole 2L of luquid into my 10gal wart?

If Im going to do this can I just use dry yeast with the same results?It's cheaper.


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