Originally Posted by BillTheSlink
In addition some people, like myself, like to include one or two hop pellets for their antiseptic qualities.
Hops can inhibit yeast growth so I would not put them in my starters. If you need to add anything, add nutrient or yeast food.
Mix a ration of 10:1 (water
ME) ie 1000ml water + 100g DME, boil 10 min., cool, aerate and pitch. You can use any sanitary container for a starter (mason jars work well) and cover with foil, no airlock. you can just shake the container when you can to help it out instead of a stir plate.
I normally cold crash in the frig after it is done (can keep this way for a week), decant most of the liquid, mix up the yeast and pitch.
A stir plate is better and you can make one from extra computer parts for next to nothing, try searching for it.