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Old 05-26-2012, 06:34 PM   #11
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Great post!

I have done the exact thing! The paper funnel is the way to go! KISS & do it all in the Erlenmeyer flask.

The starter makes a HUGE difference. The DIY stir plate makes a HUGE difference.

Experience is a great teacher. Keep it up!
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Old 05-26-2012, 06:39 PM   #12
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Man, that sure looks like it hurt for quite some time!! Wow.


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I use dry *any* time I can. I hate messing with starters, and always feel like I'm not making a big enough starter since I only have a 2L flask and brew 10 gallon batches. So if the beer uses a strain that has a quality dry version, I use dry. Belgians & saisons are pretty much the only exception.

BTW, I don't like boiling in the flask anyway. I have a nice scar on my hand next to my thumb from a major burn when I tried doing that back in 2007...

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Old 05-26-2012, 07:30 PM   #13
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I use dry *any* time I can. I hate messing with starters, and always feel like I'm not making a big enough starter since I only have a 2L flask and brew 10 gallon batches. So if the beer uses a strain that has a quality dry version, I use dry. Belgians & saisons are pretty much the only exception.
yup, it's for a belgian. in a few hours i'll be firing up the pots for a breakfast stout and a smash, and they'll both be dry yeast.

i only use liquid for belgians... fortunately/unfortunately belgians are over half of what i brew
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Old 05-26-2012, 07:35 PM   #14
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I drop mine in through a funnel.
I add the DME first, and since it's dry (as is the funnel and flask) it just pours right in. Then I seal up the DME, put it back in the ziploc (so it's double sealed) and then add the water. It's easy to shake up the flask to mix it, and drop in the stir bar to sanitize it. I then boil it right in the flask, but I am very cautious to not boil over! I use a bit of Fermcap-S in the starter so it doesn't boil over and I wear an oven mitt at all times. It comes to a boil fast, and then I only boil it a couple of minutes, then turn off the heat and put it in an ice bath.

That burn looks painful! Thanks for the reminder to be careful.
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Old 05-26-2012, 07:53 PM   #15
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I hate DME.

I'm gonna let a little secret slip: I use table sugar, yeast nutrients, and a dash of olive oil for every starter. Don't knock it till you try it folks.
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Old 05-26-2012, 08:05 PM   #16
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I hate DME.

I'm gonna let a little secret slip: I use table sugar, yeast nutrients, and a dash of olive oil for every starter. Don't knock it till you try it folks.
Care to share your recipe !?!
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Old 05-26-2012, 08:06 PM   #17
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Atleast you didnt forget to put your stir bar in at the beginning and decide to just drop it in during the boil. Trust me that makes a big mess i spent half an hour scraping all the burnt crap off my glass stove top with a razor blade.
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Old 05-26-2012, 08:10 PM   #18
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I have lately been boiling in a pot then putting it in the flask on the stirplate. When boiling in the flask I warm up the water, take the flask off the heat and wait until the steam stops then add the DME. I then return the flask to the heat to boil it.
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Old 05-26-2012, 08:16 PM   #19
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Buy a 99 cent funnel and cut the hole bigger with a box blade, add a little water, and then the dme and then rinse the funnel and flask neck with water.
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Care to share your recipe !?!
Not really. My spider senses tell me this is a topic that would bring the wrath. I'm just proposing you might experiment yourself
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