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Old 05-12-2010, 05:33 PM   #1
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Hey guys,

I made step-by-step video on my blog for making yeast starters and thought I would share it with you all:

How to Make a Yeast Starter

It's one thing to read about it but another to actually see it done. That's true for me at least, because I'm a very visual learner.

There's one other thing I really want to post on here....Before I sucked it up and bought a scale I had a hell of a time trying to find the weight to volume conversions for DME when making starters. You should really get a scale, but if you're a procrastinator like me, here you go:

DME Weight to Volume Conversions: Keep in mind these were taken with the measuring cups filled to the brim and after tapping the side to fit more DME. It’s not perfect, but will get you close enough.

1/4 cup = 33 grams

1/2 cup = 66 grams

3/4 cup = 99 grams

1 cup = 132 grams

So for example: If you are making a 1 liter starter and using the recommended ratio of 1 g DME to 10 ml, then you would need 100 grams. Working with cups, you would add 3/4 cups.

So what do you guys think of the video?

p.s. If I can figure out how the heck to embed it in this post, I'll do so.
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Old 05-12-2010, 05:39 PM   #2
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This is an EXCELLENT how to video Billy! I like your website too. I am in the process of building a DIY stirplate and can't wait to get after a starter for my brew session next week.

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Old 05-12-2010, 05:55 PM   #3
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Can't wait to check it out tonight. Not supposed to use the internet for non-work-related things...

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Old 05-12-2010, 06:20 PM   #4
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Very nicely done!

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Old 05-12-2010, 06:50 PM   #5
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Excellent video!

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Old 05-12-2010, 07:13 PM   #6
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Two small nitpicks, it's easier to add dme if you remove the pot from the heat.
And there aren't always visible signs of fermentation, especially with a stir plate.

Very informative.

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Old 05-12-2010, 07:33 PM   #7
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I have watched a TON of starter videos on YouTube, most of which are pretty poor, so I wasn't really expecting much from this video. I am happy to say that I was pleasantly surprised. This video is the most professional type video I have seen, and very informative. I am definitely bookmarking this video!
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Old 05-12-2010, 07:44 PM   #8
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Nice video, other than the few minor issues already mentioned, I have one suggestion for you: get a bigger flask for a 2L starter. You'll get better gas exchange if you have more surface area, I would use a 3-5L flask. But the video was well made, easily followed, so good work
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Old 05-12-2010, 08:37 PM   #9
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Excellent video, thanks!

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Old 05-13-2010, 12:38 AM   #10
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Best one I have seen.

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