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Old 08-15-2007, 01:23 PM   #1
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I am about to start all-grain so I decided to buy a 2000ml flask and everything needed to start doing yeast starters... I normally buy the white labs tubes of yeast from my LHBS. Do I need to make a starter with these...?? How much water and DME would you add for this type of yeast..?? Thanks everyone..


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Old 08-15-2007, 01:35 PM   #2
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Starters are not always necessary, depending on the brew, but still recommended. It is much easier to under-pitch than over-pitch, so you generally can't go wrong by making a starter. Plus, unless you are using Wyeast smack packs, a starter will help you determine whether you have viable yeast or not BEFORE you begin your AG brew.

Jamil's pitching rate calculator is a really handy tool for figuring out how big a starter you will need. You can find it at:

Also, you can check the wiki for instructions on making starters.

If you have the time, also make up a DIY stir plate. Makes the job MUCH easier.

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Old 08-15-2007, 01:37 PM   #3
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Yes, make a starter. 1:10 ratio DME to water for all wet yeast when making a starter. So if you want to make a 2000ml starter, put 200g of dme into 2000ml of water.

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Old 08-15-2007, 01:56 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by FlyGuy
If you have the time, also make up a DIY stir plate. Makes the job MUCH easier.
not only that, but you get so much more yeast!
I'm back!!!

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