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Old 11-15-2009, 03:52 PM   #1
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Default Yeast starter - White Labs yeast

I am using White Labs European Ale for a Winter Spice Ale. The target starting gravity is 1.067. Do I need to make a starter for a 5 gallon batch? White Labs says no as long as original gravity is less than 1.080. Opinions please!!!


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Old 11-15-2009, 04:01 PM   #2
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Yes, I would highly recommend on Any beer you make.


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Old 11-15-2009, 04:01 PM   #3
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I would make a starter or use a few more vials...

check out this yeast pitch calculator.
http://www.mrmalty.com/calc/calc.html
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I would make a starter or use a few more vials...

check out this yeast pitch calculator.
http://www.mrmalty.com/calc/calc.html
Would a 2nd vial be enough without a starter? According to Mr. Malty, I would need 2.5 vials.

What do you think?
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Old 11-15-2009, 04:36 PM   #5
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+1 on making a starter for any beer, especially for OG of 1.067. I also second the Mr. Malty web page, lots good info.
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Old 11-15-2009, 07:42 PM   #6
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Would a 2nd vial be enough without a starter? According to Mr. Malty, I would need 2.5 vials.

What do you think?
I prefer to make a starter over using additional vials/smack packs. It's nice to get the yeast warmed up so fermentation takes off within a couple of hours. I'm sure using a second vial would be fine, but it'll cost you more and I think your fermentation will commence sooner with a starter.
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Old 11-16-2009, 04:04 AM   #7
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Make a starter. I used to pitch white labs vials right into my wort and I wondered why the beer never fermented completely. Now I always make a starter then pitch the yeast and haven't had a stuck fermentation since.


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