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Old 11-03-2005, 12:44 PM   #1
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How do I make a yeast starter? I am using WL liguid yeast and will be pitching in a 10 gallon batch. I have an old one gallon wine bottle that I was going to make the starter in. How much starter do I need and what is the recipe I should use? Thanks.

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Old 11-03-2005, 12:56 PM   #2
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Here is Palmer's take on it http://www.howtobrew.com/section1/chapter6-5.html

Basically, you are making a mini batch of wort for the yeast to get started in, using DME or such. I have learned the general rule that it really is hard to pitch too much yeast. Others will most likely have a better grip on this than I, but I have bee nfollowing all of Palmer's advice since I am just starting out, and he has not wronged me.

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What is DME?

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Dry Malt Extract. You can get it at your brew supply shop. It is basically a powdered form of the malt that you would extract from grain in a mash session. They do that work for you, and you get a bag of DME, as it is. There is also LME, which is liquid malt extract. This is basically the same, with a few minor differences, and by weight, is not as strong as DME, since it still has a noticeable water content.

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Thanks Truble.

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not at all- I am only into my second batch, but I have done a lot of reading, and this forum is great for all questions. For quick reference, I go to Palmer's online book first (the link I gave up top). The link to the beginning is here:
http://www.howtobrew.com/section1/chapter1.html

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How do I make a yeast starter? I am using WL liguid yeast and will be pitching in a 10 gallon batch. I have an old one gallon wine bottle that I was going to make the starter in. How much starter do I need and what is the recipe I should use? Thanks.
Here are a couple of more takes on the subject.

From HBD: Making Yeast Starters

From here: Starter stuff

Also, there's a FAQ link at the very top of the page that has a starter FAQ by Sam75.
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Good info E.P., thanks.

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