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Old 02-22-2009, 07:36 PM   #1
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I just made a 1.084 OG breakfast stout and pitched using a 1 quart starter from a Wyeast American ale smackpack. The FG only got to 1.030, or about 60% attenuation. I was shooting for 1.020 or so. I think I should have used a bigger starter, but am not sure how you step a starter up...couldn't I just make, say, a 2-4 qt starter in the Primary fermentor pitched with a smackpack, decant the starter wort and put my beer wort on the cake? Those packs are supposed to be able to innoculate a whole batch of low-gravity beer, so couldn't I just go from smackpack to four quart starter without stepping up from a small starter?

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Old 02-23-2009, 02:42 PM   #2
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Stir it up and make sure the temps are in high 60's. This could kick the fermentation back in and finish that beer up.

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Check out this site for the future http://www.mrmalty.com/pitching.php. This has helped me out with my starters. It recomends using a 1L starter and then pitching it into a 4L starter, which is close to what you had thought.

If you want it for this beer +1 to what Homercidal said.

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Old 02-23-2009, 04:15 PM   #4
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Right on!!! Well, too late to fix the beer, my buddy already racked it to the secondary for me. Oh well, I might gain a few points there, but nothing wrong with a 1.030 7.5% breakfast stout, either. Thanks guys, and I'll remember the starter advice!

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