yeast starters - Home Brew Forums

Register Now!
Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Beginners Beer Brewing Forum > yeast starters

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 01-11-2013, 02:39 AM   #1
jb3218
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
 
jb3218's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Mar 2012
Pittsburgh, Pa
Posts: 66


I plan on making a yeast starter and was wondering how long I can keep it in the fridge before I pitch it? I wanted to know if it will lose cells over two or three days. I have a stir plate and planned on using yeast calc. so if I have to increase cells to account for lost cells over time it should not be a problem. Any help would be appreciated.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-11-2013, 02:42 AM   #2
pabloj13
Recipes 
 
Dec 2011
Durham, NC
Posts: 1,553
Liked 92 Times on 80 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by jb3218 View Post
I plan on making a yeast starter and was wondering how long I can keep it in the fridge before I pitch it? I wanted to know if it will lose cells over two or three days. I have a stir plate and planned on using yeast calc. so if I have to increase cells to account for lost cells over time it should not be a problem. Any help would be appreciated.
2-3 days will not be a problem.
__________________

Kegged Two Hearted, Dragonmead Final Absolution
Bottled Robust porter, Founder's Breakfast Stout, Ommegawd Hellepin, Ed Wort's Apfelwein
RIP Snake Dog IPA, Biermuncher's OktoberFAST, Falconer's Flight IPA, Two-Hearted clone (Culturing Bell's Yeast), Noberon wheat, Skeeter Pee using dry yeast, Smooth Oatmeal Stout


Simple and easy wort aeration - Harvest yeast from your blowoff - Homebrew Spicy Mustard

 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-11-2013, 02:43 AM   #3
hoppyhoppyhippo
Recipes 
 
Dec 2012
New Brunswick, NJ
Posts: 2,707
Liked 409 Times on 334 Posts


It will lose viability over time, same as what happens to WyYeast or White labs. It probably won't be a massive dropoff but there will be some.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-12-2013, 04:37 AM   #4
jb3218
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
 
jb3218's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Mar 2012
Pittsburgh, Pa
Posts: 66

Thanks for the tips. Two more questions. First, should the stir plate stay on for a full 24 hours and second, is there a way to open white labs vials without the yeast shooting out or overflowing?

 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-12-2013, 05:41 AM   #5
lespaul23
Recipes 
 
Nov 2012
Saugus, Ma
Posts: 208
Liked 20 Times on 9 Posts


Lol good questions.

Yes, let the stir plate stay on for at least 24hrs.

And lol ya there is a trick to white labs. That's all I use. I crack the seal open and let it warm from a refrigeration temp to room temp and most the co2 comes out while it warms up. (make sure to store it upright with the cap open a shot glass works good lol) After it warms up I will tighten the cap and shake, then open the cap again slowly. Repeat a couple times with shaking then slowly opening to mix the yeast in the fluid and you should be fine.
__________________
Too much to list going on.....


Kevin

 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-12-2013, 05:45 AM   #6
homebrewdad
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
 
homebrewdad's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Jan 2012
Birmingham, AL
Posts: 3,273
Liked 384 Times on 279 Posts


Agreed @ a few days will be fine.
__________________
Check out the priming sugar calculator, yeast starter calculator, and the beer calorie calculator.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-12-2013, 10:15 PM   #7
jb3218
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
 
jb3218's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Mar 2012
Pittsburgh, Pa
Posts: 66

Thanks for the tips folks! The last two batches I made I used dry yeast and they both fermented fast and apparently did not eat all of the sugar because both beers taste sweet. This is why I want to switch to liquid yeast. Thanks again.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-12-2013, 10:38 PM   #8
pabloj13
Recipes 
 
Dec 2011
Durham, NC
Posts: 1,553
Liked 92 Times on 80 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by jb3218 View Post
Thanks for the tips folks! The last two batches I made I used dry yeast and they both fermented fast and apparently did not eat all of the sugar because both beers taste sweet. This is why I want to switch to liquid yeast. Thanks again.
There's no reason that would be true for dry versus liquid yeast provided you pitched the right amount of yeast. What was your OG? How much did you pitch? Temperature at pitching? Aeration? Fermentation temperature?
__________________

Kegged Two Hearted, Dragonmead Final Absolution
Bottled Robust porter, Founder's Breakfast Stout, Ommegawd Hellepin, Ed Wort's Apfelwein
RIP Snake Dog IPA, Biermuncher's OktoberFAST, Falconer's Flight IPA, Two-Hearted clone (Culturing Bell's Yeast), Noberon wheat, Skeeter Pee using dry yeast, Smooth Oatmeal Stout


Simple and easy wort aeration - Harvest yeast from your blowoff - Homebrew Spicy Mustard

 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-12-2013, 10:52 PM   #9
davekippen
Recipes 
 
Dec 2011
Grand Ledge, MI
Posts: 1,260
Liked 164 Times on 127 Posts


And what were the dry strains? Some will not chew down on the sugars as much as others. Lots of factors involved here, least of which is dry vs wet yeast!
__________________
Quote:
Originally Posted by JonM View Post
Zombie yeast wants graaaaaaaiiins!!!!!!
Hit me on Untappd https://untappd.com/user/davekippen

 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-12-2013, 10:59 PM   #10
WyomingBrewer
Recipes 
 
Nov 2010
Worland, Wyoming
Posts: 418
Liked 35 Times on 30 Posts


Check out this thread.

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f39/how-...ctorial-76101/
__________________
Big Horn Basin Brew Supply
728 Big Horn Ave
Worland, WY 82401
Brew What You Drink!

 
Reply With Quote


Reply
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Making yeast starters frim dry yeast packets. IanPC Extract Brewing 7 11-14-2012 09:50 PM
Check out my yeast starters numbers and washed yeast picture, need help. cbehr Fermentation & Yeast 6 09-04-2012 10:27 PM
Washing yeast, starters, pre-made wort, all kinds of yeast Q's 98EXL General Techniques 15 09-06-2011 05:55 PM
Yeast Metabolism: Starters to condition yeast to environment of wort Gremlyn Brew Science 8 04-28-2010 10:34 PM
use yeast starters to multiply and save yeast vw-traveller Recipes/Ingredients 2 07-31-2009 03:51 AM


Forum Jump