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Old 07-19-2012, 11:19 PM   #1
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I smacked my wyeast pack last night and planned on making my starter tonight. However, I think my wife chucked my DME starter! Would it make a huge difference if I use the DME that came with the kit to make my starter???? Ack!!

 
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Old 07-19-2012, 11:35 PM   #2
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Not sure how clear my question was. The DME that came with the Belgium Abbey Ale kit from Northern B. Can I use some if that for the yeast starter?

 
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Old 07-19-2012, 11:40 PM   #3
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yeah you can do that your final brew will just be a little weaker than expected - if anything you might lose a point from your gravities
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Old 07-20-2012, 12:12 AM   #4
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Does the kit say to make a starter? Is your OG > 1.050?

 
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Old 07-20-2012, 01:09 AM   #5
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Yes..1.062 OG... I used 1/4 cup of the DME from the kit..but if I pour all of it in as a starter will I lose much ABV?

 
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Old 07-20-2012, 01:14 AM   #6
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I don't think you will.
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Old 07-20-2012, 01:18 AM   #7
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Sweet. Thanks..had me caught in a rock and a hard place. 1. Smacked Yeast early to make starter..but possibly to long (2 1/2 days till brew day) to let sit without some dying. 2. No home brew shop within 60 miles. 3. Only DME on hand was from the kit. Lesson learned.

 
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Old 07-20-2012, 01:19 AM   #8
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Are you using a stirplate, or just shaking as often as you can. This will make a big difference in the size of your starter.

You can pitch the whole starter which will lessen the drop in your abv. But, you are making a starter which is not ideal for tastes. If it is a stirplate/small starter it won't make much difference. It it is a large starter the off flavors in the starter might transfer to the beer.

There is a Goya product, a malt or some kind that you can get at grocery stores to make starters in a pinch.

 
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Old 07-20-2012, 01:24 AM   #9
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I think my wife chucked my DME starter!!
Get yourself a 6 pack of this from the grocery store and store it away for a rainy day. You can make starters from it just like DME..
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Old 07-20-2012, 01:32 AM   #10
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You can also use barley syrup from a health food store, or maybe even a regular supermarket may have it. It is basically liquid malt extract.

 
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