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Old 01-20-2011, 01:17 AM   #1
david58
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Jul 2010
Oregon
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Just brewed an IPA Sunday. Since our house usually is quite cool in the winter (64-66), I was concerned with pitching enough yeast. I use the White Labs vials, in this case London Ale. So this time I made a starter with 1/4 pound of light DME.

Wow!

Tremendously active in less than 6 hours. I have never had a batch perk up so quick! I think I am a believer in using a starter now. And much cheaper than pitching two bottles of the White Labs.

 
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Old 01-20-2011, 01:58 AM   #2
wetzie
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I am a recent convert as well using mostly Wyeasst smack packs.

 
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Old 01-20-2011, 02:29 AM   #3
Delorean1981
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I've had luck with dry packs (signs of life within 7 hrs, with aeration) but I hear nothing but great things about smack packs and starters. You may have a convert in your midst...
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Old 01-20-2011, 03:56 AM   #4
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Wait til you start harvesting the yeast. Even better.

 
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Old 01-20-2011, 04:14 AM   #5
david58
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Oregon
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The only problem with the starter is once I make it, I'm committed. Just warming the vial three hours before pitching is real convenient, but I like the idea of fully woke up and happily reproducing yeasties. Learning slowly but learning - no secondary fermenter any more, six weeks in the primary, a starter....no patience (nor time) for all grain, but learning.

 
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