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Old 03-30-2010, 04:02 AM   #1
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Default Plastic yeast starter container?

Do I need to use a glass container to make a yeast starter? I was going to try it with a plastic milk container. Any thoughts?

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Old 03-30-2010, 04:55 PM   #2
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for a starter that would be fine. you don't need to worry about oxygen exposure when making a starter. you want the "beer" to oxidize, it makes the yeast's growth easier.

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Old 03-30-2010, 05:47 PM   #3
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Thanks for the info. All of the instructions I have seen have specified glass, so I wasn't sure. I'd have to buy a glass container, and with shipping it wouldn't be worth it if I could just use a milk container.

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Glass will be easier to clean. plastic can scratch which can harbor nasties. probably OK to use it a few times. but long term I would go with glass personally.

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You'll be fine. Just wash it out and sanitize real well before use.

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Old 03-30-2010, 08:37 PM   #6
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Plastic is fine for a starter. If you drink apple juice pick up a couple Martinelli's apple juice in the juice aisle. They are 1.5 ltr Glass and are great for starters.

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Old 03-30-2010, 11:38 PM   #7
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Plastic is fine for a starter. If you drink apple juice pick up a couple Martinelli's apple juice in the juice aisle. They are 1.5 ltr Glass and are great for starters.
Great idea. Thanks for the tip. I guess I'll be drinking apple juice next week!
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Old 03-31-2010, 12:47 AM   #8
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I just use a glass bowl with sanitized foil over it. Also used gladware containers and empty juice jugs. I sanitize with star-san, or a run through the dishwasher to sterilize. As far as I'm concerned, a starter can go in anything you can keep clean for a day or two.

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I use a 2 qt mason jar. I put the lid on really loose so CO2 can escape, and I can screw the lid on tight to give it a swirl. It was like $3 I think from Michael's (AND NO I DON'T SHOP THERE USUALLY, I WAS WITH SWMBO)... I also use it for yeast washing.

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Plastic is fine for a starter. If you drink apple juice pick up a couple Martinelli's apple juice in the juice aisle. They are 1.5 ltr Glass and are great for starters.
My martinelli's apple juice bottle cut 2 of my fingers to the bone last weekend. Caught it just as it hit the ground. I'm using all plastic for my starter jar from now on. I am currently using a plastic vinegar jug that I lightly bleached and sanitized.
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