Originally Posted by McHandbag
yes pitch the vial into the starter and put the starter on a stirplate for 24-48 hrs.
Then crash it in the fridge. Decant most of the liquid from the top, swirl what's left and then pitch the slurry.
I just brewed a Belgian quad with an OG of 1.100, from a kit. The kit came with 12 lbs of LME. I was told to use the LME for the starter, then just pitch the whole thing into the wort. Since I was using the LME that was going to be the wort, it made sense just pitch the whole starter, liquid and all. Is this the wrong thing to do?
I hear that part about kits being "hot in the alcohol department" When I transferred this beer into secondary, It smelled like straight up liquor. Hydro samples TASTED like beer with a shot of Jameson added. Guess this ones gonna have to chill for a spell.
So what's the harm in adding the whole starter, instead of just the yeast slurry? Or does this only apply if you're not using the same extract that you're going to brew with?