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Old 01-14-2013, 01:38 AM   #71
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So if you refrigerate and decant, do you then pour the cold yeast into your wort or let it rise to room temperature?

Do all of you really go out and buy scales to measure exactly 10 grams of DME? If so what are some good options?
Let the yeast warm up while you are brewing. You want it the same temp or close to the wort at pitch time.
Yes scales are cheap. Using measuring cups are not accurate because the powder is easily compacted. My last starter was 1.6L and i used 160 grams dme
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Old 01-14-2013, 07:23 PM   #72
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OK I have a scale and Pyrex flask on the way. Now I need to order a stir plate.

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Old 01-14-2013, 10:37 PM   #73
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https://bellsbeer.com/store/products...tir-Plate.html
$40
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Old 01-14-2013, 11:15 PM   #74
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Can also order that same plate direct from the independent manufacturer. He does PayPal and free shipping, I think.

http://www.stirstarters.com/

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Old 01-14-2013, 11:58 PM   #75
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OK I have a scale and Pyrex flask on the way. Now I need to order a stir plate.
Also, there are several DIYs on this forum. I found I had most of the parts laying around. It ain't pretty, but it was a lot cheaper than $40. I haven't used it but a couple times because I tend to use dry yeast.
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Old 01-19-2013, 03:17 PM   #76
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Very cool, easy to understand. How about one one on stepping up, something I'm going to need to do for my next batch.

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Yeastcalc.com is great for calculating your stepped starter.

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But how do you fit that much yeast into your airlock?

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I have a minor problem. I can only fit 1.5L safely in my flask. However, i'm brewing a lager that will require a 3 or 4 L starter.

I could ferment out my starter, decant the wort off, and add more boiled and cooled wort to the flask, and repeat. However i don't have another flask to boil and cool with so i would have to use a saucepan.

I could instead ferment out my starter, pour it in a gallon jug, and basically make another starter in my flask and repeat. Ideas?

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I have a minor problem. I can only fit 1.5L safely in my flask. However, i'm brewing a lager that will require a 3 or 4 L starter.

I could ferment out my starter, decant the wort off, and add more boiled and cooled wort to the flask, and repeat. However i don't have another flask to boil and cool with so i would have to use a saucepan.

I could instead ferment out my starter, pour it in a gallon jug, and basically make another starter in my flask and repeat. Ideas?
Do you have a second fermenter? If so, maybe this from Woodland Brewing might help:

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On brew day sanitize two fermentors. Chill the wort and pour half into each one. Pitch the yeast into your primary fermentation vessel, and seal both containers. The following day, just like a starter, your yeast will have grown significantly. Pour the wort from the second container into the primary fermentation vessel. As a bonus, pour as vigorously as you like. Aeration is beneficial at this stage of fermentation.
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