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Old 04-20-2009, 05:54 PM   #1
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Default questions about my AHS mini mash kits

1. the grains look like they could be crushed more...is this necessary ?

2. the vials of liquid yeast say to warm up to room temp and pour in...do i need to make a starter ?


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Old 04-20-2009, 06:17 PM   #2
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1. the grains look like they could be crushed more...is this necessary ?
Wouldn't hurt. In my experience, AHS really does a good crush job, though.
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2. the vials of liquid yeast say to warm up to room temp and pour in...do i need to make a starter ?
You can. I would if it's not an inconvenience. Don't freak out if you don't, though. Are you brewing a lager/high gravity ale? Those are more likely to need a starter.


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Old 04-20-2009, 06:18 PM   #3
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There's no need for a starter on the White Labs Yeast. I usually take it out of the fridge the night before.

I have no idea on the grain but I've done several of the AHS mini-mash kits and never had any issues with them.
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Can't speak to the grains, but I'd use a starter if you're able. Many people don't and have been very successful brewers, but those that do tend to swear by them.
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There's no need for either of those two things... however:

1) unless you make flour out of them, crushing the grains more will help.

2) Starters always help with lag time and reduce the probability of stuck fermentations.

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the two in question are a sam adams clone and an AHS amber ale...i guess i need to learn how to make a starter so i'll try it with one of them.
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Grain seems good and I base my crushing on what they send.

Starters - not real necessary - HOWEVER - Since I started making starters I have never worried about fermentation. Yesterday I brewed without a starter . . .well . . I made one 6 hours before I pitched so it was SORT of a starter - but anyway. Starters are easy and really make the fermentation start much much faster.

2 cups of water 1 cup of DME - boil for 5 minutes, add yeast nutrients. Cool, add yeast in a sterilized canning jar - put aluminum foil on top and swish around. Let it sit for a day or 2. Swich when ever you have a chance.

BINGO - a starter which will start your brew bubbling within 5 hours (as opposed to over night or 2 days)
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Always make a starter when using liquid yeast...just my $.02


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