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Old 09-24-2011, 01:40 AM   #1
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So i am new to brewing (3rd batch) and this is my first time doing a starter. I was planning on doing 4 cups water to 1 cup DME but when siphoning the wort into my gallon jug the hose came out of the jug and i lost about 1 1/2 cups of wort . Will i still be ok with only 2 1/2 cups of wort? Thanks

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Old 09-24-2011, 01:49 AM   #2
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You were siphoning a quart of wort into a jug? Personally I would have just used a funnel but it's all good. Sounds like your down to 20 oz. What yeast are you using for the starter? 20 oz would be fine for a 5 gallon 1.040 ale fermented at 68 degrees.

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Old 09-24-2011, 01:54 AM   #3
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Welcome to the addiction... It should be good, but it won't hurt to add more within a few hours either. You can boil up another 2 cups of wort, and add it to the already started starter.

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Im using wyeast smack pack 1056 american ale. Going to brew NB's dead ringer IPA. I might not have lost as much as i thought but more then likely about a cup. Also i had the siphon tube right there but ya i should have went to the garage for my funnel.

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Well i figure that pitching the smack pack directly is good enough so creating a starter even though not ideal should be a bonus. If anyone objects please say so. Thanks for the help

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I object that pitching a smack pack directly is good enough for most beers (unless very small). I'd still say at this point just go with it, it will be fine. I have to say though that proper pitching rates are extremely important to the flavor profile of the beer.

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So should i boil up 1/2 cup DME to 2 cups water and add to the starter?

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If you want to sure. What's the OG of your IPA?

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OG is supposed to be 1.064

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Yes I would add the extra wort if you've got the time and you don't mind the effort.

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