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Old 08-30-2007, 04:05 PM   #1
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The plan here is to brew a 10 gallon batch of lager. We have the Budvar lager yeast, BUT we only have one pack, which is apperently only for 5 gallons. Would it be ok to put this in a 10 gallon batch anyway?


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Old 08-30-2007, 04:23 PM   #2
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Make a starter and step it up a few times to increase the cell count.


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agreed. you *should* always make a starter even w/ 5 gallon batches.

just whip up a starter today and you can pitch sunday.
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Activator packs are pitchable in a 5gal batch but it is under pitching. By making a starter you ensure plenty of yeast for the ferment. A 2 liter(quart) starter would be a decent pitch for 10gal, 1 gal would be better. An activator pack could be pitched in either one of these starters. Wyeast recommends making starters 24-36 hours before pitching, so making a starter tonight for Friday night or a Saturday morn brew session would be appropriate.

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