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Old 10-27-2011, 02:18 PM   #1
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I have a big black ipa I am going to use with this the question is do I need a starter?

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Old 10-27-2011, 02:39 PM   #2
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I think most do make a starter to "wake up" the yeast and get them prepared for the battle ahead.
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Old 10-27-2011, 02:48 PM   #3
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How long ago was the harvest?

MrMalty would say that if it's been sitting a while that a starter isn't optional.

http://www.mrmalty.com/calc/calc.html

 
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Old 10-27-2011, 02:52 PM   #4
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This depends on alot of things like:

1. Age of yeast.
2. OG of wort.
3. Volume of brew.

Numerous other parameters affect fermentation but those are the basics, no way to calculate without knowing this.
You can try mrmalty to calculate it here: http://www.mrmalty.com/calc/calc.html
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Old 10-27-2011, 07:52 PM   #5
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Yeast will be 2 weeks old by brew time. This is the recipe I am doing, and its mine so critiques welcome!

Black IPA: 5.5 Gallons
17lbs 2-Row
8 oz Cara III
8 oz Munich
8 oz Black Patent Malt
8 oz Special B

Chinook 2 oz 60 min
Zeus 2 oz 60 Min
Chinook 1 oz 15 min
Zeus 1 oz 10 min
1 oz Chinook Dry Hop

Estimated Gravity - 1.086
IBU 145
Color 35.7 SRM
Estimated Alcohol 8.5%

 
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Old 10-27-2011, 09:14 PM   #6
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I think 4 oz of high alpha hops for 60 minutes is too much. I'd (at least) half that first hop addition, then take the 2 oz you saved and throw them in at flame out.. A recent basicbrewing pod cast seemed to come to the conclusion that you can't detect IBUs above about 60 anyway.
Here's a great article about late hop additions: http://www.mrmalty.com/late_hopping.php

 
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Old 10-27-2011, 09:59 PM   #7
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I would say no starter and two of those jars if you're two weeks old.

 
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Old 10-27-2011, 11:06 PM   #8
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I look forward to hearing more on this topic.

My initial reaction it to use Mr. Malty with the slurry option. That will base the pitching rate on a variety of your beer needs.

 
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Old 10-28-2011, 12:16 AM   #9
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My vote is h=just do the starter if it is 2 weeks old ...you have plenty of good looking yeast -- let's make sure they have their game on.
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