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Weeezle007 07-19-2012 11:19 PM

Help! Please..
I smacked my wyeast pack last night and planned on making my starter tonight. However, I think my wife chucked my DME starter! Would it make a huge difference if I use the DME that came with the kit to make my starter???? Ack!!

Weeezle007 07-19-2012 11:35 PM

Not sure how clear my question was. The DME that came with the Belgium Abbey Ale kit from Northern B. Can I use some if that for the yeast starter?

BeerChef17 07-19-2012 11:40 PM

yeah you can do that your final brew will just be a little weaker than expected - if anything you might lose a point from your gravities

hepcat 07-20-2012 12:12 AM

Does the kit say to make a starter? Is your OG > 1.050?

Weeezle007 07-20-2012 01:09 AM

Yes..1.062 OG... I used 1/4 cup of the DME from the kit..but if I pour all of it in as a starter will I lose much ABV?

kwingert 07-20-2012 01:14 AM

I don't think you will.

Weeezle007 07-20-2012 01:18 AM

Sweet. Thanks..had me caught in a rock and a hard place. 1. Smacked Yeast early to make starter..but possibly to long (2 1/2 days till brew day) to let sit without some dying. 2. No home brew shop within 60 miles. 3. Only DME on hand was from the kit. Lesson learned. ;)

kh54s10 07-20-2012 01:19 AM

Are you using a stirplate, or just shaking as often as you can. This will make a big difference in the size of your starter.

You can pitch the whole starter which will lessen the drop in your abv. But, you are making a starter which is not ideal for tastes. If it is a stirplate/small starter it won't make much difference. It it is a large starter the off flavors in the starter might transfer to the beer.

There is a Goya product, a malt or some kind that you can get at grocery stores to make starters in a pinch.

Stauffbier 07-20-2012 01:24 AM


Originally Posted by Weeezle007 (Post 4264527)
I think my wife chucked my DME starter!!

Get yourself a 6 pack of this from the grocery store and store it away for a rainy day. You can make starters from it just like DME..

zacster 07-20-2012 01:32 AM

You can also use barley syrup from a health food store, or maybe even a regular supermarket may have it. It is basically liquid malt extract.

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