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Old 09-06-2012, 04:27 AM   #1
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Default Yeast starter necessary?

Ok, messed up my first batch and going to try another one. My question before I start in the morning is how necessary is making a yeast starter?

I'm brewing up a wheat beer (Boundary Waters Wheat from Midwest Supplies) using a vial of the White Labs yeast. Can I just pitch this in after I have cooled and aerated the wort? Or do I need to make the yeast starter a couple days before?

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Old 09-06-2012, 04:41 AM   #2
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I make a starter for every single batch, regardless of OG. That said... if your vial is FRESH, you can get away with pitching it straight into a 5 gallon batch if the OG is 1.050 or less (my opinion).

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Old 09-06-2012, 05:10 AM   #3
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Its liquid, make a starter. Using starters has improved my beers ten fold. Will never go back. Plus they are fun! You also have more control over how much you pitch. Its hard to over pitch, under pitching is no bueno and pitching the right amount will give you better results.

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Old 09-06-2012, 05:13 AM   #4
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Is there any specific DME to use for this starter? My recipe kit only came with LME, but most of the instructions in reading call for measuring out a DME to water/yeast ratio..

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Old 09-06-2012, 05:13 AM   #5
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I make a starter for every single batch, regardless of OG. That said... if your vial is FRESH, you can get away with pitching it straight into a 5 gallon batch if the OG is 1.050 or less (my opinion).
Agreed. Would like to add that since you said it's a wheat beer, if the vial of yeast you're using is a hefeweizen yeast (not a neutral american strain) it's pretty common for people to underpitch a little to get better yeast character. Considering the gravity of your brew is probably sufficiently low to begin with, pitching the vial straight might even work better in this case. Unless it's just a neutral American strain, then go with what Brulosopher said. (probably still ok, but starter preferred)
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Old 09-06-2012, 05:18 AM   #6
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Is there any specific DME to use for this starter? My recipe kit only came with LME, but most of the instructions in reading call for measuring out a DME to water/yeast ratio..
Extra light dme. It will keep the color lighter for your style. Never tried lme before. The lme is prob for your recipe. You should just snag a # from you lhbs tmro.
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Old 09-06-2012, 12:03 PM   #7
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Is there any specific DME to use for this starter? My recipe kit only came with LME, but most of the instructions in reading call for measuring out a DME to water/yeast ratio..
Most folks do use a lighter DME for making starters, I prefer Pils DME myself. Since your kit was likely designed with no starter in mind, it would be most prudent for you to either ditch the starter this round (as previously mentioned, lower OG and the fact you're making a hefe reduces the necessity for a starter), or run to your lhbs for some DME. What kind of yeast are you using anyway? And what is the expected OG of the recipe?

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i make a starter for every single batch, regardless of og. That said... If your vial is fresh, you can get away with pitching it straight into a 5 gallon batch if the og is 1.050 or less (my opinion).
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Old 09-06-2012, 12:38 PM   #9
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the only time i ever do not make a starter is if the yeast is a blend

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the only time i ever do not make a starter is if the yeast is a blend
Why is that? I've never heard that before.
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