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Old 05-16-2008, 05:00 PM   #1
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Ok.. not a question on HOW to make a starter... but for people who are new to brewing like me (about to brew my third batch.. first with a starter) where do get the 1/4 cup of DME to make the starter?

Silly question I know, but if you dont have a LHBS close enough... can you simply take the bag of DME or LME from the recipe you are about to make, take a bit out, then reseal the bag for another day or two while the starter gets going?

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Old 05-16-2008, 05:51 PM   #2
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can you simply take the bag of DME or LME from the recipe you are about to make, take a bit out, then reseal the bag for another day or two ...
Yes.

Easier and less messy with DME than LME. I've kept DME in a ziploc bag for months, as all I use it for is starters.
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Yes.

Easier and less messy with DME than LME. I've kept DME in a ziploc bag for months, as all I use it for is starters.
thanks... I just wasn't sure if there was a golden rule about exposing the extract (any form) to air, but I guess if it's only going to end up being boiled it's not that big of a deal.

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I buy DME in 3 pound bags, and store it in a ziploc bag for making starters. It'll last a long, long time in a dry place.

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Evidently if you're in a pinch you can also use Malta Goya malt beverage (available in mexican groceries or in the international aisles of major grocery stores).



I first heard about it on here a few weeks back and couldn't believe it, then googled it and on several brewboards people swear by it.

Look at all the mentions on Google. http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=Malta+Goya+yeast+Starters

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