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Old 05-16-2012, 02:20 AM   #1
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i did a search but really didnt find an answer specific to my questions.
i have a vial of champagne yeast.
i am trying to make 4 1 gallon batches of diff ciders(using diff sugars and additives) and one 5 gallon batch of appelwein.

i want to use the same yeast for all.
the yeast i have is for 5 gallons. if i do a starter will it grow enough to do 9 gallons. if so how do you do it and how long does it take.

i am want to start the 4 1 gals first and i can wait for the 5 gal if necessary.

so is this possible.
i have made a starter with dme before but not sure the best way to do it for cider.


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Old 05-16-2012, 03:05 AM   #2
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Yeah, make a good starter 50/50 juice/water, add some sugar and nutrient in a quart to gallon sized container. Aerate it well. Pitch your yeasties in that and 24/48 hours later stir it up well to get all the yeast in suspension and divide up equally per gallon into your vessels. Yeast can double in quantity in a couple hours if the environment is hospitable.


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Old 05-16-2012, 03:49 AM   #3
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ok thanks. since 4 are for 1 gallon batches and the 5th is a 5 gallon batch
if i divide the starter as you described into 5 equal parts do i need to do something more to the 5th part to make it grow more. or will time simply make it grow enough to use for a 5 gal batch?
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Old 05-16-2012, 11:26 AM   #4
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If you do as above you will have loads of yeast. Pitch half into the 5gallons and divide the rest evenly.
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thanks.
if i start now wed but am not ready to make cider until monday can i let this mixture set out this whole time. or will it run its course and start to die?

or do i let it go for two days or so and then put in fridge to put the yeast to sleep
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probably doesn't matter. you could just wait to create this mix until thursday or Friday or saturday.
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Starter if it isn't dry yeast. Otherwise just buy more.


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