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Old 03-08-2013, 09:10 PM   #1
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Default 1 liter WLP 001 starter + rehydrated Safeale US-05 good enough for 1.070-74 OG?

I've never done a starter before. I think I have a good idea how its done. If I did the calculations correctly, then I need a little over 3 liter starter. All I have is a 1 liter flask though, and I don't really understand what stepping up is yet. I have two packets of Safe ale US-05 and one vial of WLP-001.

Another question: if I use the DME that came with my kit for the starter, will that mess up my OG? It came with 9lbs of Ultralight Malt Extract (liquid) and .5 lbs of light DME, and also 6oz Malt-Crystal 40L.

This is a Pliny The Elder extract kit from morebeer.com if that helps at all.

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I'm a big fan of "simplest is best", and would probably pitch the two packs of US-05 if I were in your shoes (although if I only had one pack, I'd pitch that and not worry about it). Save the liquid yeast until you have a bigger flask.

Here's what I did: I splurged on a $10 jug of glug wine at the grocery store, used it for cooking (and drinking), and ended up with a perfect jug for 3 liter starters. 9 ounces of DME and 3 quarts water gives a gravity of 1.033 which is just about right for a starter. I usually decant before pitching, so the DME should be extra i.e. not part of the recipe.

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Thanks for the reply Frazier. I'll just rehydrate the two dry packs and use them. That's a great idea about the jug of wine. I thought the same about the DME. I'll buy a bag of it and hang on to it until I need it for the starter.

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