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Old 02-14-2013, 07:10 PM   #1
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Default How long do you boil your starter?

Just curious as to what most people do. I've started boiling for 5 minutes, but I used to boil longer.


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Exact same here. Used to boil longer and now I go for 5 minutes (had too much boil off and would end up with higher gravity and less starter than I wanted)

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Old 02-14-2013, 07:17 PM   #3
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I boil 15 minutes in the ehrlenmeyer flask. I use a little fermcap and haven't noticed a big boil off. I do cover loosely with foil.
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Old 02-14-2013, 07:19 PM   #4
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10 mins with the cover on. I figure DMS in a starter won't matter.
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5 minutes here with no lid. I decant my starter before pitching anyway so the boil of the starter is just to sanitize and dissolve the DME.
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12-15 minutes with the cover on, slightly open.
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Originally Posted by JonM
10 mins with the cover on. I figure DMS in a starter won't matter.
DMS is a non issue in extract as it has already been taken care of in the manufacture of the extract
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5 minutes, lid off.
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Uh, MAYBE 5 minutes. Really just a few minutes to sanitize the lid of the pot/pot itself with steam. I like to use just a scosche more water than I want for my starter and this way I don't boil off much/any.
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Old 02-14-2013, 09:37 PM   #10
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for me it varies, but i've boiled for as little as 1 minute. the idea is to sterilize the wort and that happens in a few seconds at 212*F. the rest, to my mind, is to create steam to sterilize the pot/flask/etc you're boiling in. certainly nothing wrong with boiling for 15 minutes, but i can't think of any reason such a long boil is necessary. am i missing something?

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