I've red about starter, yet this will be my first attempt. I have purchased a Wyeast 1968 London ESB for an english beer, so I need the following questions answered
1: I don't have a stir plate as yet, so beersmith tells me I need a 2.5Litre starter. this seems a bit much to start with the OG is 1.049.
2: I plan on splitting the pack in 2, and placingthe other half in an airtight jar and placing in the fridge for a different brew in a few more weeks. I've read I can do this. is this correct?
3: After splitting ths pack, I'm not entirely sure on the amount of DME and Water to get to the desired amount of starter, I've read about stepping it up etc. but I'm not sure how it works to be honest.
4: can someone give me an idea of how much water/DME; how often to step up and with what amount to step up etc. this is with half a pack remember.
Once I have done this one, I will be using the sticky on the forum for washing yeast, but I don't want to **** that up, so thats why I'm splitting it up so I have some yeast left. (Here in NZ its Expensive to buy liquid yeast, so getting the most out of it is important).
Who can help me and give me a good detailed explanation etc.