My first brew didn't attenuate very good and turns out to be a very weak beer, like 2%. Either I didn't wait long enough for the smack pack to wake up (around 36 hours) or should have used a starter.
I'm making a cider soon and I am going to make a starter so this doesn't happen again. Can I mix around a liter of the first batch of weak beer with water, around 50/50, to make a weak starter, boil to sanitize and kill the original yeast, cool and add new new yeast and then pitch that to my apple juice in the fermenter?
There won't be any off flavors as the first strain of yeast will be dead, right?
BTW, I don't have a hydrometer yet so I can't tell you the OG. It's in my next order. Thanks!