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Old 11-07-2007, 08:49 PM   #1
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Default Please help... need a quick answer...

I just received a kit from AHS and I've got some time set aside to brew...
I'm probably an idiot, but I thought it came with dry yeast... It didn't. It is White Labs WLP320.
The bottle says that it's "Pitchable Yeast" and that I don't need a starter unless the OG is 1.070... I also got the "Yeast Fuel"...

Do I need to make a starter or has that work been done for me? I'm trying to decide if I need to go buy some DME and time is running a bit short...

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Old 11-07-2007, 08:54 PM   #2
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You don't have to make a starter, but you sure should! You might have a lag time of 3 days or so without a starter. I've pitched them directly when I had to but I worried the whole time!

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Sorry, no right or wrong answer here.

You do not NEED to make a starter. I've pitched tubes of WL before and never had a problem other than a long lag time (2-3 days before ferment starts). So, you can do it if you want to.

If you are making a high gravity beer or want to make sure that your yeast are viable, then yes, you do need to make a starter. Its the safest way to go.

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Old 11-07-2007, 09:00 PM   #4
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alright... So if I can get to the LHBS, what kind of DME should I get for a starter if I'm brewing an American Wheat beer (obviously a lighter ale)?

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I always use extra light DME if the have it. Otherwise, the light DME is fine.

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I appreciate the candor of your responses... I'm going to try and get there before they close....

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Old 11-08-2007, 12:47 AM   #7
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The starter has been made according to John Palmer's instructions....
2 cups water and 1/2 cup of extra light dme boiled for 10 minutes and cooled... put it in a jar with room temp ale yeast and loosely covered with plastic wrap. It's in a dark spot awaiting a friday or saturday brew...

Sound about right?

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Yep. Sounds fine. Give it a stir/shake every once in a while when you walk by it just to make sure it has plenty of oxygen.

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