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Old 05-26-2012, 01:39 AM   #1
Mar 2012
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I'm about to make a 1 gal starter and I usually add about 12 oz of DME to it. I just realized all I have is about 8oz. Would it be ok adding 4 oz of Corn Sugar to get the gravity up? I'm brewing 10 gal IPA with gravity at about 1.070.
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Old 05-26-2012, 01:48 AM   #2
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I've never tried it, but I'm told that putting simple sugars in a starter could negatively affect the yeast's ability to digest the more complex sugars in wort.

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Old 05-26-2012, 01:52 AM   #3
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I would make a low gravity starter without the sugar. Giving the yeast simple sugar too early will make them less hungry. I heard another poster here describe it as giving kids desert before dinner. Good luck getting them to eat the green beans after they finish the ice cream!
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Old 05-26-2012, 01:57 AM   #4
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Seems like your going a little light on your dme for starters to begin with. I usually add 13.5 oz for a 3L starter and ive read that some do up to 15oz for a 3L.

Without proper nutrients, yeast will not "grow" with just corn sugar. You can try adding additional yeast nutrient, but I am not sure how this will react with your expected yeast growth in a starter. I think you would be better off making healthy yeast with a 2L starter or waiting till you have enough yeast to pitch.
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