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Old 01-11-2012, 10:05 PM   #1
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Would a one gallon jug work for a yeast starter? I dont think it would be a problem. lemme know
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Old 01-11-2012, 11:34 PM   #2
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That's what I use . . . with a foam stopper, no problems.
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Old 01-11-2012, 11:38 PM   #3
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Absolutely. I have four. they are good for small scale batches, starters, storing starsan... I just loosely crumple sanitized foil over the top when using for starters.
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sure is. i also do the sanitized foil to cover my starters.
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Awesome. Thanks all
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Follow-up question...

What about a 1 gallon jug for only a 1000ml starter... is head-space a concern with too much oxygen? Is a sanitized foam stopper good to use? Or is foil better?
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You actually want your starter oxygenated, so headspace is not a concern. Shouldn't have a problem with the jug. Not sure which stopper is better, I would think foam is fine. I always use plastic wrap, and even keep it slightly open just a tad.
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What about a 1 gallon jug for only a 1000ml starter... is head-space a concern with too much oxygen? Is a sanitized foam stopper good to use? Or is foil better?
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Not at all. The more oxygen the better. The only time you need to worry about headspace is when you over fill. As a rule of thumb, I try not to fill mine more than half way. If you over fill you'll risk blow off which is messy, unsanitary and wastes yeast. As for foil vs foam stopper, I guess that's personal preference. I use foil. The foam stopper will help keep insects out though, like fruit flies. I rubberband a coffee filter to my jugs and then top with foil. No right or wrong way as long as you don't use an airlock.
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I rubberband a coffee filter to my jugs and then top with foil. No right or wrong way as long as you don't use an airlock.
That is a really awesome idea actually. I may try that now that spring/summer is coming and the bugs'll be back.

About the headspace thing, no worries about too much in a starter, it's good for it. But, FWIW, I have discovered the wonders of FermcapS for those times when you have a 3.5L in a gallon jug or 1.8 L in a 2L flask. Awesome stuff, great for boilovers too.
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I'm a 1g jug user too for my starters, although I typically use a stopper with an airlock on it. Don't worry about the headspace at all, and the foam stopper or foil methods will both do fine.
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