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Old 05-06-2009, 01:33 AM   #1
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So i made my first wyeast propagator starter per direction on the bag. It called for 8 cups water and 2 cups DME.

I thought to my self that this is a big starter for a normal gravity beer. Midwest's Honey Weizen. I made it to the directions and i ended up waking up to a big mess. It had fermented hard and came out the top of my flask and there was a sticky slime all over.

Are there any good resources where i can determine cell count based on started cells and size of starter. Or is the direction from wyeast the way to go?


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Old 05-06-2009, 01:39 AM   #2
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Check out Mr. Malty to determine pitching rates.

And check out my calculator to figure out how much DME you need to make a starter of the size recommended by Mr. Malty.

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Old 05-06-2009, 01:43 AM   #3
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Mr Malty Pitching Rate Calculator

This is a good estimation calculator. Without a hemocytometer and microscope, it is all just educated guessing (and even then, it is a bit of an estimation).
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so it seems i needed 1.35 litters insted of 2 so my guess is wyeat rounds up just incase your brewing a higher gravity beer. From what i have read for us home brewers it doesnt hurt to have a bigger starter.
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