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Old 12-27-2011, 01:37 PM   #1
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If we are reusing our own, do we need? Just for starters? Dry?

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Old 12-27-2011, 01:52 PM   #2
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You don't NEED a lot of brewing related tools to make beer. You may WANT one or find it useful. Basically, a stir plate is going to provide you a more "set-and-forget" approach to building up your yeast. It makes it easier to rehydrate dry yeast and can produce a few more billion cells they shaking a starter every so often. I think its worth it, but I also spent $100 last year on a thermapen, so I may be biased on my reliance of gadgetry

If you haven't already, check out the book "Yeast" by Chris White and Jamil Zainisheff. Its a good read and can help with a lot of your yeast related questions.

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Old 12-27-2011, 01:53 PM   #3
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If we are reusing our own, do we need? Just for starters? Dry?
You don't need it but you'll get a significant growth in yeast with one.
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Old 12-27-2011, 01:55 PM   #4
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It makes a night and day difference in yeast growth. In the mean time put it on top of your dryer when doing laundry.

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Old 12-27-2011, 02:05 PM   #5
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great..... thanx for the heads up on the book... will check it out... thanx all...

Yes, NEED and WANT is the answer... lol

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As stated above, it's not a neccessitiy however it greatly helps. I built one out of left over junk I had sitting around. As a matter of fact I had a starter on it for the past 3 days. Lots of happy yeast! If you ever plan on banking and harvesting yeast or making a large starter then it's a huge help in the process.

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