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Old 07-02-2012, 05:46 PM   #291
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Just used this tutorial the other night to make starters from harvested yeast. I had two jars of washed WLP001 that were split from a cake used to ferment a very low gravity lawnmower beer. The harvest was only 2-3 days old, but I was making a double batch of 1.074 IIPA.

I boiled 0.2lb. of DME in a quart of water for 15 minutes or so, then cooled to ~72* (temp yeast was warmed to after sitting out for a few hours) and decanted and pitched slurry. Next morning I had stuff running down the sides and lots of visible activity despite no stir-bar, etc. Of course, these were fresh slurries.

Pitched each into ~4g of 1.074 wort about 16 hours after starters were made and they started immediately chugging.

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Old 07-05-2012, 08:41 AM   #292
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Just tried this but I think messed up a little.

I just took 900ml of water and boiled that with 1/2 cup of some Pilser Light DME for about 12 mintues (wasn't a roaring boil because I was getting some boil over issues).
Then I cooled it down to about 78.
When I opened my white labs yeast it sorta popped and yeast went all over (but still most of it was left in the tube,at least 80% of it).
I pitched it into my 1/2 gallon carboy with the mixture.

I think I should have measured and marked 1000ml on the carboy before starting so as to be able to "top it off to the correct level".

And If I was expecting the pop maybe I would not have spilled the yeast.

This is my first brew and first time pitching yeast etc. I didn't understand all the calculations on the first page to figure out how much starter I need. The beers OG is O.G. = 1.050 and I'm going to ad an alcohol boost to it as well so i don'thave the exact number.

Any advice? I plan to brew my first batch of beer this Saterday,and it is thursday morning about 1:45am now.

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Wait for it to ferment out (everything settles to bottom, clear beer on top) then throw it in the fridge. On Saturday set the yeast out plenty early (~5-6 hours before you'll be done brewing) and let it warm to room temp, then decant off the top liquid and pour the bottom "stuff" into your fermenter when it's time to pitch yeast.

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Wait for it to ferment out (everything settles to bottom, clear beer on top) then throw it in the fridge. On Saturday set the yeast out plenty early (~5-6 hours before you'll be done brewing) and let it warm to room temp, then decant off the top liquid and pour the bottom "stuff" into your fermenter when it's time to pitch yeast.
There is no action in the starter yet, however my 5 gallons apfelwein that I just dumped dry yeast into after making this starter for Saterdays beer is taking of. I'm thinking something is wrong.
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Freaking fruit flies got into my starter + no lhbs open on Sundays = no brewing today. Man I hate fruit flies.

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Old 07-08-2012, 01:02 PM   #296
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Freaking fruit flies got into my starter + no lhbs open on Sundays = no brewing today. Man I hate fruit flies.
How is that possible?
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Because I used foil so they just went right underneath it.

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Because I used foil so they just went right underneath it.
If it's an ongoing issue, use an air lock
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I was debating using an airlock out of fear for fruit flies but thought with the foil and co2 escaping they wouldn't be interested. It lasted over night but just as I was going to put it in the fridge, two got in. I'll have to use an air lock next time.

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Having learned a lot while reading this thread over the past week, i felt obliged to mention that i'm currently making my 1st starter (1L). I mixed 3.3 oz (by weight) light DME with 1200 ml (pre-boil) water. I boiled for 15 mins and the pot is sitting in an ice bath as i type. Many thanks to Death Brewer for the post and everybody else who chimed in along the way. I'm looking forward to tasting the difference in quality that a starter provides.

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