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Old 07-16-2009, 12:56 PM   #1
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In my last two batches I have finally gotten into using starters and the resulting fermentation has been outstanding. I use a 4 liter flask and a homebuilt stirplate.

However, I want to brew a big beer where Mr. Malty's pitch calculator says that my starter needs to be 7 liters! What kind of vessel are you folks using to make that big of a starter? And is there any way to use a large vessel and still use a stirplate?

 
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Old 07-16-2009, 01:21 PM   #2
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When the starter has to be 2 gallons, you may as well brew a 5 gallon batch of a smaller beer and pitch on the cake.

 
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Old 07-16-2009, 01:50 PM   #3
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I brew 5 gal. 'starter brews' for the big Belgians. I usually wash the cake, save a couple of mason jars, and pitch the rest.
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Old 07-16-2009, 02:10 PM   #4
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When the starter has to be 2 gallons, you may as well brew a 5 gallon batch of a smaller beer and pitch on the cake.
+1 to that

 
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Old 07-16-2009, 02:52 PM   #5
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This is what Mr. Beer fermenters are for.

 
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Old 07-16-2009, 02:56 PM   #6
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Ditto, an english mild or bitter or anythingon that scale works great, plus you get an extra 5 gallons of beer out of it

 
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Old 07-16-2009, 03:13 PM   #7
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Um, the problem i see with that is if you're brewing a big belgian beer, you'll be using belgian yeast. So if you wanted to brew a 5 gal starter beer, it'd have to be made with the same yeast, and i don't think an english bitter would taste good brewed with belgian yeast?

 
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Old 07-16-2009, 03:46 PM   #8
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Um, the problem i see with that is if you're brewing a big belgian beer, you'll be using belgian yeast. So if you wanted to brew a 5 gal starter beer, it'd have to be made with the same yeast, and i don't think an english bitter would taste good brewed with belgian yeast?
Yeah but a simple Belgian Pale Ale would be a nice quaffer

 
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Old 07-16-2009, 04:01 PM   #9
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Did you notice you can slid the scale up or down on mr malty so you can use more packs of yeast and make a smaller starter ?

 
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Old 07-17-2009, 01:23 AM   #10
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Yes! I did see that...but in trying to conserve cash, I was hoping to make the starter with only 1 pack. BUT....I just might go ahead and use two to make the smaller starter. I don't get a chance to brew as often as I like, so brewing a smaller batch and pitching on that cake isn't an alternative. I really like using the stirplate....my last two batches did so well and the starter was done on a stirplate.

Thanks to all for your help!

 
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