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Old 03-02-2006, 08:08 PM   #1
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I plan on making starters from now on. What kind of stores would I find erlenmeyer flasks in? Or other misc. equipment I might need. Thankee.

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Old 03-02-2006, 08:12 PM   #2
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I plan on making starters from now on. What kind of stores would I find erlenmeyer flasks in? Or other misc. equipment I might need. Thankee.
FWIW I make starters in a sanitized beer or wine bottle. (Well, I make the starter in a pan, technically, then cool it and pour it into the bottle through a sanitized funnel).
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Old 03-02-2006, 08:19 PM   #3
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You might be able to find laboratory surplus stores. I used to build all kinds of... umm.... bubbling devices with gear purchased from a store that re-sold equipment from various city government divisions (street signs, lab glassware, etc, etc).

Also, a lot of homebrew shops actually carry this type of stuff, too. It might be listed under "testing equipment".

But, like cweston, I don't have any fancy/special gear for making starters. I just use a half gallon glass milk jug from the grocery store. The jug is returnable for a $1 deposit, but for $1 it makes a great starter container and the stoppers for my carboys fit into it perfectly.


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Old 03-02-2006, 08:31 PM   #4
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Can you put those on the heat source like you can with some of those beakers. I want to make sanitation as easy as possible and would rather not have to transfer much. The milk jug sounds great, I don't know that I've ever seen one of those in the grocery stores around here though.

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Can you put those on the heat source like you can with some of those beakers. I want to make sanitation as easy as possible and would rather not have to transfer much. The milk jug sounds great, I don't know that I've ever seen one of those in the grocery stores around here though.
If you want to sanitize 'easily' (and more quickly) you'd be better off using a sanitizing solution rather than using heat!

anyway....

You can't put the beer bottles or milk-jugs DIRECTLY on a heat source, but you could put them into a pot of water and then slowly heat it up to boiling if you wanted.


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I use huge mason jars. They have a wide mouth and work great.

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I just meant to use the beaker itself as the vessel to boil the wort, cool it down then add the yeast directly to it. I'm sure I would use a solution before all of that to sanitize. That was one of the methods I read about for making yeast starters. I'm new to this, so I might be getting carried away.

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ahhh..... I see what you meant by "transferring" now. You want a one-device starter set-up, so you are going to have to go with a pyrex flask.

nothing wrong with that, I guess, but it'll cost you more than any of the other solutions.... and we all know I am a cheap-a$$ mofo.

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ahhh..... I see what you meant by "transferring" now. You want a one-device starter set-up, so you are going to have to go with a pyrex flask.

nothing wrong with that, I guess, but it'll cost you more than any of the other solutions.... and we all know I am a cheap-a$$ mofo.

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I have a 1 liter Erlenmeyer flask. I love it. Just clean it, put in the water and extract, boil, chill in the sink and then add the yeast. Put stopper in, shake, and then add airlock. All in one vessel.

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