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Old 10-28-2011, 08:29 PM   #11
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You need to just give yourself more time. Trying to cram all of this stuff into the time you allotted is just going to give you headaches, late nights, and potentially bad beer.

You don't need to activate the pouch when making your starter. Make it at LEAST 24 hours in advance, 2 days is better. Then chill it an ADDITIONAL 24 hours to floc out the yeast. The day of your brewing, decant off the beer leaving the yeast on the bottom with a bit of beer to resuspend in, and leave out to warm up to pitching temps.

Don't rush it, you'll just end up with stressed yeast and not enough cells. An underpitch of poor quality yeast is a great way to start off an untasty beer.

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Old 11-08-2011, 01:08 AM   #12
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I agree on the "don't push things" and disagree on underpitching -- I've made starters from next to nothing, and pitched next to nothing. So long as you allow the yeast to make new yeast babies nice and easy like, you'll be fine.

That said, you're pushing things so hard and fast that it sounds like you're trying to have a disaster on your hands. I've had to dump 5 gallons of bad beer -- try to avoid my mistakes. Pouring that much beer down the drain should be a crime ...
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