Originally Posted by bfinleyui
Hmm, still too intimidated to make a starter.
Don't let all these board posts make you nervous. Seriously, its not any more difficult than rehydrating a pack of dry yeast.
Things I've found helpful:
*Always have a few packs of dry yeast around... This way, no matter what happens, you can still make beer.
*Never put a flask on the stove burner. I know some do it but asking for trouble with today's cheap flasks.
*put the starter in the fridge at least the night before brew day. This is a preference thing, but I don't want all of that liquid in my finished beer. This will NOT hurt the yeast. You can pour off the excess liquid easily as the yeast will be tightly packed to the bottom. You just need to leave some of the liquid in there and then swirl it so it becomes mixed again.
*make sure all of the yeast comes loose from the bottom of the flask before you try and pitch.
*Don't think about it too much, just do it. It's fun! After a couple of times, you will have the process down.
If you would like a video, search the internet for billy brew yeast starter. Great instruction there. Happy brewing!