Originally Posted by trainfever
Ahhh, you're OK. Any woman who likes to hunt and fish and play Ice hockey cant be too bad in my book. I played Ice hockey for 20 years.
Anyway, yes I wanted to make a starter for my next batch. Actually, I have a packet of yeast that is outdated and I was going to use that as a test to learn how to make a yeast starter.
Ahh, shucks, sir, I'm blushing here!
Anyway, It's too late now to pull out some wort and make a starter, I'd guess. So, I'd suggest buying some DME (it comes in 1 pound or 3 pound packages) and boil up 1 pint of water. Dissolve 1/2 cup DME in it and cool. I'd put it in a sanitized growler or something like that, and pitch the yeast into it. Cover it with santized aluminum foil, and let it go. You can do it again later on, like the next day or two, and add it to your growler. That's called "stepping up" your starter. When you make a high gravity beer, or a lager, you need a big starter and stepping it up gets it growing.
Now, cd is right, too. You can harvest the yeast after fermentation and that's super easy. I suggest a search on "yeast washing" for that. Easier yet, brew another batch of beer on the day you bottle your first beer. Cool your new wort and dump it right on the yeast cake from the fermenter. I do that once in a while, and it works great.