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Old 04-10-2007, 12:19 AM   #1
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Yet another starter question, I'll be doing my first one soon. Is it really this easy? I'll probably be boiling this in an Erlyn Meyer Flask on the stove...

For a 1.040 Starter:

Boil 1 pint of water, add 1/2 cup DME. Boil for 10 minutes, cool, pitch yeast, shake, attach airlock, shake everytime you see it.

I may be brewing on Saturday and I was thinking about just making the starter on Friday night and brewing the next morning.

Thanks in advance!


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Old 04-10-2007, 12:47 AM   #2
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Make the starter Thursday night. The more growth time, the better.


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Old 04-10-2007, 02:26 AM   #3
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Yes, it really is that easy. Also, I concur with David, make up your starter on Thursday night for a Saturday brew.
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Old 04-10-2007, 11:11 PM   #4
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No it's not quite that easy.
The problems start when you add the extract to the flask. If you have 1 pt boiling or hot water in the flask, how do you add the dme? If you just try to pour it in, a lot of it will fall on the outside of the flask.
If you use a funnel, the steam from the hot water causes the dme to get wet and you end up with a sticky mess in the funnel.
If you overcome both of these problems, unless you are very careful, you will get a boil over.
I find it much easier to add the extract to water in a saucepan, and then pour through a funnel into the flask when it is mixed. You then need to be very careful about boil-overs (depending on the size of the flask).

As David said, if you're not using a stir plate, make it on Thursday or even Wednesday.

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Old 04-11-2007, 01:12 AM   #5
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Well I don't use a flask so I don't have those problems


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