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Old 10-12-2009, 07:07 PM   #1
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The first starter will go into a 1000ml. How much DME light?
I am adding my first starter into 5 gallons. How much DME for the 5 gallon starter?


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Old 10-12-2009, 07:15 PM   #2
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Your starter size has alot to do with the type beer your brewing.. Check out

http://www.mrmalty.com/calc/calc.html

As a general rule it's 1/2cup DME for 2 cups of water. Boil. Cool. Pitch... After a day or two repeat until you get your desired amount. There's more to it than that...but that's the basics....


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Ok so my bday was yesterday and I am having a hard time rapping my mind around this
5 gallons = 80 cups/ 2 =40*.5 = 20 cups???? is that right?
So that would be 5 lbs?

How many cups are in a lbs?
edit I saw on the site. 1 lb is =4-4.5 of dme
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You want 1 cup in 1000 mls for ~1.040 wort.

You want 4.6 lb in 5 gallons for ~1.040 wort.
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Once you know the volume and the gravity you want, just use an online calculator. Way easier than fumbling around with equations while drinking.

http://brew.stderr.net/starter_wort_calc.html
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sweet! Thanks guys!!!
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Dumb question, but why are you making a 5 gallon starter? Are you doing a 30 gallon batch?
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Dumb question, but why are you making a 5 gallon starter? Are you doing a 30 gallon batch?
Pfft, 30 gallons is for wussies. Think Big Yooper:

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f13/advice-process-140675/
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/2-54...-build-135991/
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Oh, I got it! But, I'll go back to the starter question again because I don't understand. Instead of making a 5 gallon starter, why not make a 5 gallon batch of beer? Then, you'd have beer out of the DME, and a big honking yeast cake to use. To step up to a 5 gallon starter for the big batch is important, of course, but I kind of see it as a waste of time when in the same amount of time you can make 5 gallons of beer and keg it and still use the yeast cake.
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Oh, I got it! But, I'll go back to the starter question again because I don't understand. Instead of making a 5 gallon starter, why not make a 5 gallon batch of beer? Then, you'd have beer out of the DME, and a big honking yeast cake to use. To step up to a 5 gallon starter for the big batch is important, of course, but I kind of see it as a waste of time when in the same amount of time you can make 5 gallons of beer and keg it and still use the yeast cake.
I have seen the question posed a lot in other threads. My question is will it work? I want to use wl 500 a trappist yeast. I am not sure what kind of beer would come from a gravity of 1.040. Plus, my goal is not make great beer because I want great healthy yeast.
I dont know if this is right. I am just restating what I have read. Please correct me if I am wrong or right.


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