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Old 10-13-2011, 02:15 AM   #1
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So I am not sure where to put this, but I bought a stir plate and I don't know how to use it to make the starter. I know how to use the physical stir plate but I don't think I want to say, air lock the container with the thing string because air can't get in... or can it but it passes through a water filter? I am use to making starters the old fashioned way and wanted to try something new and fun. I suppose if I have to I can also get the bottle thing which filters the air going into the growler, but I am curious about how you all do it.

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Old 10-13-2011, 02:17 AM   #2
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Wort, approx. 1.040. Add yeast. Put foil loosely over flask or whatever container you're using. Put on stir plate. Watch your sea monkey propagate.

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Right. You don't want to seal the container while using the stir plate. I use a large flask, and simply cover the opening with an overlap of aluminum foil. The foil keeps bugs from drifting into the container, but also allows gas exchange.

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AHH! That was my mistake before. I used Serran wrap when I made a starter without a cap. That thing exploded all over the place... aluminum foil... excellent. I will try it this weekend! Thanks!

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Old 10-13-2011, 11:40 AM   #5
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This is how I make my starters http://www.mrmalty.com/pitching.php
I make starter about 24 hours before pitching.

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This is how I make my starters http://www.mrmalty.com/pitching.php
I make starter about 24 hours before pitching.
This is an excellent resource for starter volumes/pitching rates. I use a 2L flask on a stirstarter. I use a foam stopper
http://www.austinhomebrew.com/produc...oducts_id=2422
but a loose piece of aluminum foil works well to.
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