Coldbreak Brewing HERMS Giveaway!

HomeBrewSupply AMCYL Brew Kettle Giveaway!


Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Fermentation & Yeast > Easy all-grain yeast starter
Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 12-05-2012, 07:06 PM   #1
jammin
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 5 reviews
 
jammin's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Meridian, ID
Posts: 1,684
Liked 275 Times on 212 Posts
Likes Given: 198

Default Easy all-grain yeast starter

I've been reluctant to buy DME for starters as the LHB shops charge between $4 - $5 a lb. This averages out to about a $1 per litre - not bad I guess. I can buy a sack of grain for $37 ($0.75/lb) and that cuts my cost to about $0.30 per litre which over time, is a nice savings.

It's super easy and in a nutshell, just add 350 grams of grain to 2 litres of water - mash in a small beverage cooler. I suppose you could even throw the mash in an oven safe kettle in the oven @ 140 or so.

All you need is:

350 grams of 2-row
Small cooler
2 litres of 155F water.


jammin is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-05-2012, 07:08 PM   #2
jammin
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 5 reviews
 
jammin's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Meridian, ID
Posts: 1,684
Liked 275 Times on 212 Posts
Likes Given: 198

Default step 1 - preheat cooler and measure out water

I add kettle full of boiling water to my cooler while I measure out water to pre-heat it.


Click image for larger version

Name:	photo (5).jpg
Views:	435
Size:	62.1 KB
ID:	87022  
jammin is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-05-2012, 07:09 PM   #3
jammin
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 5 reviews
 
jammin's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Meridian, ID
Posts: 1,684
Liked 275 Times on 212 Posts
Likes Given: 198

Default Step 2 - stir to strike temp

Dump out the pre-heat water and add in your measured 2 litres of strike water. 2 litres @ 155F will net you a 150 mash temp with 350 grams of grain.
Click image for larger version

Name:	photo (2).jpg
Views:	443
Size:	53.2 KB
ID:	87023  
jammin is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-05-2012, 07:11 PM   #4
jammin
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 5 reviews
 
jammin's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Meridian, ID
Posts: 1,684
Liked 275 Times on 212 Posts
Likes Given: 198

Default Step 3 - mash for 60 minutes

I use a simple paint strainer bag and just pull it out after the mash. Give it a good squeeze and you'll have almost exactly what you started with.
Click image for larger version

Name:	photo (3).jpg
Views:	433
Size:	55.9 KB
ID:	87024  
jammin is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-05-2012, 07:12 PM   #5
jammin
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 5 reviews
 
jammin's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Meridian, ID
Posts: 1,684
Liked 275 Times on 212 Posts
Likes Given: 198

Default Step 4 - boil starter as normal

Here is a shot of a hydrometer sample. This technique gets around 70 -75% efficiency.
Click image for larger version

Name:	Photo1 (2).jpg
Views:	422
Size:	32.2 KB
ID:	87025  
jammin is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-05-2012, 09:41 PM   #6
Beer-lord
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Beer-lord's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Metairie, La
Posts: 1,339
Liked 146 Times on 119 Posts
Likes Given: 26

Default

Very nice info but me, I'll spend the $1 and save the time and use DME or leftover wort.


__________________
Wherever you go, there you are!
Beer-lord is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
First awesome yeast starter with cheap and easy stir plate. iambeer Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 5 12-17-2012 03:43 AM
Easy Yeast Starter Question EamusCatuli Fermentation & Yeast 3 01-03-2012 04:17 PM
How much grain and water to make a All Grain yeast starter? Beer-Baron Fermentation & Yeast 4 01-09-2011 10:13 PM
How hard/easy is it to infect a yeast starter? StarCityBrewMaster Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 6 01-09-2011 03:10 PM


Forum Jump

Newest Threads

LATEST SPONSOR DEALS