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Old 10-19-2005, 03:23 AM   #1
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Do any of you make a starter for your dry yeast? I do for my liquid, but never have with dry.
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Old 10-19-2005, 03:36 AM   #2
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Well, I sort of do. I "proof" it as suggested in John Palmer's book. I rehydrate it. Then dump in some water with some table sugar mixed in. Let it sit till it starts foaming and then pitch it.

 
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Old 10-19-2005, 04:03 AM   #3
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I just proof it. I've had much better success with dry yeasts. There's 10-50 times as many viable yeast in a dry packet as a liquid. Just not as many choices.

 
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Old 10-19-2005, 09:12 AM   #4
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I make the same starter with liquid or dry. It really cuts down on lag time.

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Old 10-19-2005, 01:34 PM   #5
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It only takes about an hour or so to start showing activity, right?
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Old 10-20-2005, 08:45 AM   #6
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Yes, when using an active starter, lag time can change from hours to minutes.

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Old 10-20-2005, 09:31 PM   #7
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When i use dry yeast I add the packet to a cup of water for 15 minutes. You see the yeast swell up with water and it starts much faster. I create a real starter with liquid yeast(dme, water, airlock etc). Having said that, using no starter with dry still starts faster than using a starter with liquid. They say that liquid creates a better beer so ive been trying to use that more, but im still too unexperienced to taste a diffrence.
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