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 advantage...as 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.
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