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View Poll Results: What's the main reason that you make a starter?
To grow enough yeast for your batch 44 88.00%
To ensure viability 17 34.00%
To "wake the yeast up" 14 28.00%
Because it's fun....... 8 16.00%
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Old 08-12-2012, 04:37 PM   #1
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Ok, I've been discussing the different reasons that we make yeast starters on this thread, and it has me wondering.....
I make starters to grow yeast, and don't pay much attention to pitching active yeast, as I do to pitching enough healthy yeast.
Why do you guys make starters?
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Old 08-12-2012, 04:51 PM   #2
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With some strains they aren't as lively out of vial as others. Wyeast 2001, a favored lager strain of mine, takes about 2 days to wake up and start eating. Even if you pitched 5 bags it wouldn't have the same result.

 
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Old 08-12-2012, 06:53 PM   #3
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Ok, I've been discussing the different reasons that we make yeast starters on this thread, and it has me wondering.....
I make starters to grow yeast, and don't pay much attention to pitching active yeast, as I do to pitching enough healthy yeast.
Why do you guys make starters?
I make starters for all my beer for the primary reason of ensuring I am pitching the proper rate for the beer I am brewing. I take care in making my each starter so I am growing healthy yeast up to the proper pitching rate. In addition, I crash and decant each starter and generally pitch colder and allow the wort to self rise to desired fermentation temperature for a controlled fermentation. I do use a stir plate as well and always use extra light DME and nutrient.
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Old 08-12-2012, 10:52 PM   #4
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My answer to the poll was "To grow enough yeast for your batch", but ensuring yeast viability is just as important to me.
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Old 08-12-2012, 11:18 PM   #5
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I make a starter because Revvy told me to.

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Old 08-12-2012, 11:22 PM   #6
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I don't worry too much about how much I am pitching, for me the reason for the starter is to ensure good viability and to really kick off the ferment. I pitched my Fizzy Yellow about 3 hours ago and my blowoff tube is bubbling like a Lawrence Welk show.
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I make a starter because Revvy told me to.
Lol.

This should be an option in voting.

 
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Old 08-13-2012, 01:17 AM   #8
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All of the choices for me. I want the proper cell count, I want to know I have viable yeast, I want them ready to do the job and it is kind of fun.

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Old 08-13-2012, 03:09 AM   #9
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I also answered "All of the above." The first three are all very good reasons for making a starter but, at least for now, using my new stir plate kicks ass. SWMBO and I both get a kick out of watching it in action.
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Lol.

This should be an option in voting.
Sorry, can't edit the options, I tried.

I'm not ashamed to say this, but that's actually a good enough reason in my book to do many things (notincludingthemonthplusprimaryforeverybeer rigamarole) in your brewery. Some may not like his style, but when I first got into this hobdiction and found this site, I learned a ton from Revvy, among others.

I figured I'd get alot of "all of the above" responses, so I left the poll a multiple choice, since all 4 are great reasons to make a starter.
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