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Old 06-23-2013, 05:50 PM   #11
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It's also a good idea to throw some yeast nutrient in the starter as well.
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Keep your yeast healthy and happy and your brews will be much better.
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I play music for mine. Seriously though, yeast makes beer, all we do as brewers is make wort. Treat your yeast as you'd treat yourself.

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My last brewday (Thursday) was the first time I ever made a yeast starter. This was my 2nd time using Wyeast Smack Packs as well and when they arrived from NorthernBrewer, they swelled up pretty good due to the shipping.

I made the yeast starter on Tuesday in a growler and fermentation started 4 hours after pitching the yeast. It has now been 3 days and it is still bubbling at a pretty rapid rate. I will now always use a yeast starter.

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Old 06-23-2013, 10:35 PM   #15
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When do you add the nutrient? I add mine during the boil but I've heard of other methods.
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When do you add the nutrient? I add mine during the boil but I've heard of other methods.
You can add nutrient to the starter, you can add it at 10 minutes left in the boil and you can also add it during late fermentation for ones that seem stuck or sluggish.
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You can add nutrient to the starter, you can add it at 10 minutes left in the boil and you can also add it during late fermentation for ones that seem stuck or sluggish.
I only boil my starter for 5-7 minutes. I add the nutrient during the boil.
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It is June! Here come an abundance of posts about swelled, bad Wyeast packs. Make starters for all liquid yeasts and you will know the condition of your yeast before you pitch it in your beer.

If you pitched only a pack of Wyeast you have underpitched. Be prepared to wait most or the 72 hours that is often given as the worry/re-pitch time. Your yeast will have to propagate to cell counts sufficient to ferment your wort. Then fermentation will begin.

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When do you add the nutrient? I add mine during the boil but I've heard of other methods.
I add nutrient during the boil. In a batch, it goes in around the ten min mark. For a starter, I add it right away. I boil my starters only until the break subsides, maybe 5 mins tops.
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Pitching one wyeast packet or one white labs vial in a wort up to 1.060 isn't underpitching,ime. They peg the airlock centerpiece against the cap in 2-3 hours. By 7:30-7:50 the next morning,they're bubbling steadily. They won't automatically take 3 days to get going or ruin a beer if there aren't 10 guglplex yeast cells. When the manufacturers give an maximum OG where it'll work in a straight pitch,I'm finding that it's pretty much right up to 1.060 so far.

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