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Old 05-10-2009, 06:24 PM   #1
Nov 2006
long island, ny, USA
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Just curious to know how many cider makers use starters? I am prepping up to do edworts famous apfelwine and going to use a knottingham yeast this round. I have had trouble before with this same yeast as was curious to know if setting up a starter a few days in advance would be a better for my starter i am thinking some AJ that i am using for the batch, some dextrose and a packet of knottingham....let it go like mad for a few days then pitch to my batch.
any input?
Primary 1- Joe's Ancient Orange Mead
Primary 2- White Pyment
Primary 3-cherry wheat
secondaries- Kolsh & Cranberry/black raspberry melomel
bottled/kegged- Viking Thunder
On-Deck- Barv. Hefe & kiwi pear Sov/Blanc

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Old 05-10-2009, 11:54 PM   #2
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You don't need a starter with dry yeast... Just rehydrate it per the instructions.
HB Bill

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Old 05-11-2009, 12:08 PM   #3
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I like to make a starter for every fermentation. Regards, GF.

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