Originally Posted by klbrew
Thanks everyone for all the great advice. That calculator is great.
I'm still a beginner, only brewed 3 times over the course of 6 years. I'm going to keep it as simple as possible for now. Maybe after retirement I'll get more serious about it!
I'm using a can of Muntons Irish Stout that I've had for a few years. It's still within the "use by" date but after reading up on the topic, I thought it a good idea to do the starter to make sure the yeast gets up to speed prior to brewing. The kit instructions don't even mention it.
Are your instructions telling you to use a kilo or pound of sugar also? You can sub DME for the sugar. Muntons recommends 11 grams of their premium dry yeast if you do this to ferment out the extra complex sugars.
Starter with dry yeast or liquid? If you make a starter with dry yeast it is necessary to go through the rehydration process first.