Starter Mistake - Home Brew Forums

Register Now!
Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Beginners Beer Brewing Forum > Starter Mistake

Thread Tools
Old 09-21-2010, 02:21 AM   #1
Aug 2010
Posts: 44

So I just did my first starter. I used a 1000ml beaker, the only problem is that I filled it to the 1000ml mark. So there is not a lot of head room for the yeast to get started. I'm worried about the yeast being very active and getting into the airlock. I used 1 cup dry extract and 32oz of water for the boil. Is this going to be a problem? Should I siphon some of the liquid out? I pitched a whole pack of dry yeast and they seem to be starting to work already. I don't want to lose the effectiveness of the starter, but I also dont want problems. Please let me know my best course here.

Reply With Quote
Old 09-21-2010, 03:29 AM   #2
Jun 2010
Posts: 149
Liked 5 Times on 3 Posts

When I make starters there isn't a whole lot of krausen if any at all. The only real indication of fermentation is some small bubbles. I've made 2.0L starters in a 2L erlenmeyer flask and sometimes when I swirl it, it foams up to the top but isn't really a big deal.

Reply With Quote
Old 09-21-2010, 03:04 PM   #3
Jul 2010
Posts: 248
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

You aren't supposed to use a starter for dry yeast. Only rehydrate.
Cerberus Brewing Co.

BUCKET 1 : Citra IPA 3
BUCKET 2 : Centenial Blonde
CARBOY 1 : Citrillo IPA
CARBOY 2 : Apfelwein
CARBOY 3 : Psyder test001
CARBOY 4 : empty
CARBOY 5 : Hopsplode
KEG 1 : Palefoot APA
KEG 2 : empty
KEG 3 : Star San
BOTTLED : Nothin'
BUILT: MLT W/Copper Manifold & Rotating Sparge Arm

Reply With Quote
Old 09-21-2010, 03:08 PM   #4
wonderbread23's Avatar
Apr 2009
Posts: 1,047
Liked 43 Times on 39 Posts

1. Cover it with sanitized foil instead of an airlock.
2. Be careful if you agitate it.... it'll cause CO2 to come out of solution and foam all over the place.
3. Drop in some fermcap if you have it.
4. I always like to leave plenty of head space because I tend to swirl my flask to keep the yeast in suspension longer.

Reply With Quote
Old 09-21-2010, 06:00 PM   #5
phatuna's Avatar
Mar 2009
San Diego
Posts: 794
Liked 5 Times on 5 Posts

Originally Posted by Anubis View Post
You aren't supposed to use a starter for dry yeast. Only rehydrate.
rehydrating is even optional. I just sprinkle on top and close the lid.

Only use a starter w/ liquid yeast. the liquid smack packs or liquid vials have about 100 billion cell count. Most mid gravity beers require closer to 200 billion.

the dry packs come with 200 billion cell count already, no need to start them.

use this calculator to determine:

Reply With Quote
Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Small starter mistake. What should I do? Rover Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 10 07-11-2010 02:36 AM
Big Mistake? artongue Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 5 12-20-2009 08:14 PM
How big of a mistake is this? neumann Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 8 08-14-2009 10:24 PM
Starter mistake lostspring Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 1 04-03-2009 12:15 PM
First attemp at a starter...mistake made? gonzoflick Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 7 08-08-2006 04:00 PM

Forum Jump