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Old 03-29-2011, 12:16 AM   #1
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silly question... i have this cool looking scotch bottle i want to use for yeast starters. LOL

problem is that it's only a 750ml bottle. if i'm wanting to pitch into a pint of wort (473ml)... will the remaining 277ml of headspace be enough room for a starter?
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Old 03-29-2011, 12:29 AM   #2
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You should be fine. You can always use some fermcap foam control to keep it down.
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Old 03-29-2011, 12:31 AM   #3
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Unless you are building up old or bottled yeast, making pint starters hurts the yeast more than it benefits them. I wouldn't bother with starters smaller than 1.5 liters.

 
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Old 03-29-2011, 02:13 AM   #4
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really? that volume came straight out of Palmer's brew bible. I have bigger bottles and can certainly do a larger starter batch. what's considered appropriate for a standard wyeast smack pack?

im planning on 6 gallons of final volume.
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Old 03-29-2011, 11:56 AM   #5
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So long as your sanitation is good, I would never say that a starter is harmful to your yeast. However, less than 1L isn't doing much in terms of cell growth. It just gives time for the yeast to acquire some nutrients.

Do something else cool with the bottle - a 1L flask is so much more effective, and a 2L is even better.

 
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Old 03-29-2011, 02:03 PM   #6
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Yeah, that's not very big of a bottle. I'd get a 2L flask.

 
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Old 03-29-2011, 02:40 PM   #7
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i have a growler i can use no problem... and i found the directions on the actual wyeast website that discusses volumes for starters for their yeast, so i'll follow that.

too bad. wonder what i'm going to do now with this sweet scotch bottle!?! LOL
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