Is my starter too small? - Home Brew Forums

Register Now!
Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > General Techniques > Is my starter too small?

Thread Tools
Old 07-09-2009, 07:42 PM   #1
Jun 2008
Austin, TX
Posts: 1,168
Liked 63 Times on 32 Posts

So, I just made my first starter. I used Mr. Malty's pitching calculator which called for 110 grams of DME into 1100mL water. I cooked the wort according to directions, cooled it, put it into a flask, and added liquid yeast. I just noticed that I only have about 600mL of starter. Crap. This seems very low to me, which makes me worried that my starter OG is too high. Should I boil some more water, cool it, and top up the starter?

Kegged: Belgian Dark Strong (8.9%abv)

Fermenting: Arrogant Bastard Clone, BCS Dry stout

Planned: Rye IPA, ESB, Oatmeal Pale Ale, Rye Amber

Can You Brew It Recipe Database
Convert an all grain recipe to extract
Hop Substitution Chart

Reply With Quote
Old 07-09-2009, 08:05 PM   #2
Tonedef131's Avatar
Feb 2008
Fort Wayne
Posts: 1,891
Liked 31 Times on 16 Posts

Take a gravity reading. Either way you shouldn't ever make starters smaller than 1L unless you are growing something up from a slant cause there isn't enough sugar for the yeast to grow much before running out of food. So add another 400ml of water, take a gravity reading and if it's below 1.020 add more DME to get it around 1.030-1.040.

Reply With Quote
Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Small black flecks in starter... ThickHead Fermentation & Yeast 2 08-12-2009 02:13 PM
Very Small Scale for a starter Flsurfdog Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 7 05-05-2009 08:27 PM
Using a small amount from another batch as a starter? BrewinJack Cider Forum 2 12-07-2008 09:38 PM
Yeast starter too small? trabus Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 9 03-05-2008 09:17 PM
Yeast starter for small batches BadKarma General Techniques 14 07-09-2007 07:55 PM

Forum Jump