Originally Posted by rking
Just a quick question.
Can I use corn sugar for a starter instead of DME?
Bad idea...you want to acclimate your yeast to eating the same diet you're going to pitch them into. Some people take it a step further, and try to match the starter gravity to what they are brewing.
I'd go ahead and buy the larger bag of DME. (I'm guessing three pounds?) You'll go through it quicker than you think, and if kept dry it will stay good a very long time.