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akamatt 11-02-2008 03:02 PM

help guys
 
I made my first yeast starter batch last night. I used 2 cups water 1/2 cup light dme boiled for 10 min cooled to 70 then pitched a packet of dry yeast. this morring I kinda expected something more than I have, it is the same has it was last night what should I be looking for??

schweaty 11-02-2008 03:07 PM

Did you swirl the bottle every once in a while? Also give it a little more time, I usually let mine go 36-48 hours.

akamatt 11-02-2008 03:08 PM

yes quite a bit

s3n8 11-02-2008 03:09 PM

There is really no need to make a starter for dry yeast. They ship dry yeast in a very viable state, ready to pitch, and plenty of yeast for most 5 Gallon batches.

With that said, your starter should show signs of fermentation, bubbles, etc. It may have fermented out already and begun to settle. The only real way to know is to check the gravity.

Rhoman 11-02-2008 03:11 PM

Make sure you give the bottle a shake/stir to get plenty of oxygen in there. Starter activity isnt as violent as a larger scale fermentation. What kind of container do you have the starter in? Is it capped? If you cover it with tin-foil, you'll protect from bacteria and allow oxygen in.

If you're feeling ambitious, search "homemade stir plate" and take on that little project. It's cheap, easy, and does great things for your starter.

Good luck!

schweaty 11-02-2008 03:11 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by s3n8 (Post 931056)
There is really no need to make a starter for dry yeast. They ship dry yeast in a very viable state, ready to pitch, and plenty of yeast for most 5 Gallon batches.

With that said, your starter should show signs of fermentation, bubbles, etc. It may have fermented out already and begun to settle. The only real way to know is to check the gravity.

True story, liquid yeast is the only type you need to make a starter for. Dry yeast just needs to be rehydrated at the most but most people just pitch it right into the wort.

Revvy 11-02-2008 03:11 PM

You really didn't need to make a starter for dry yeast,,,,the purpose of a starter is to crank up the volume of available liquid yeast...the dry has a high enough cell count...

SO either way, pitch it and you will be fine!!!

akamatt 11-02-2008 03:15 PM

I have it in a 750ml flask with tin foil over it

schweaty 11-02-2008 03:18 PM

Listen to Revvy and just pitch it as is. You didn't need to make a starter for it to begin with.

Revvy 11-02-2008 03:47 PM

The good thing is, is that you have a lot of awake and active yeast....you'll have a good fermentation going...

And if you used a yeast that you like (like I like US-05) you can harvest that yeast and reuse it...but remember, that is no longer considered dry yeast if it's harvested...So you WILL need to make a starter for it the next time you use it.


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