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Old 05-24-2010, 03:40 AM   #1
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I am going to try the "Texas 2 step" method when I brew my next extract IPA. It appears to be an easy way to create a full boil without a 6-7 gallon pot, and I am learing that my hoppy beers are not very hoppy due to my small boil size.

When useing the 2-step method I was wondering if a starter is necessary since the yeast will only be fermenting 2 1/2 gallons of 1.060-1.065 beer? It would seem to me If the second 2 1/2 gallon boil is to be added 24 hours after pitching, the yeast should have multiplied enough to handle the second boil. Any opinions on this?

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Old 05-24-2010, 03:52 AM   #2
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According to the pitching rate calculator at www.mrmalty.com, you will not need a starter for a 2.5 gallon batch, so long as the OG does not exceed 1.057 (with a fresh vial/pack). If the yeast are a few months old, it is a good idea to make a starter.

In the case of your stated method, the first half of the batch will act as a starter for the remainder (again, assuming the vial/pack is fresh).

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Old 05-24-2010, 04:51 AM   #3
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Could you share out any references on the “Texas 2 step” method? I haven’t heard of that before, and nothing came up from a few quick searches.

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Could you share out any references on the “Texas 2 step” method? I haven’t heard of that before, and nothing came up from a few quick searches.
One is here http://cryptobrewology.com/show-arti...Texas_Two-Step

and a short explaination here http://www.byo.com/stories/article/i...xtract-brewing

I recently found an explaination with recipes but didn't save the #%$@*# page to my favorites!
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Old 05-24-2010, 08:20 PM   #5
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Default assumptions about 2-step method

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