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Old 12-23-2013, 04:08 PM   #1
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While in the process of making our first all grain batch, my husband and I went ahead and made a yeast started with DME without much thought. But going through and re-reading John Palmer's 'How to Brew' he mentions that using DME for your yeast starter for an all grain batch is a very bad idea.
How bad of an idea was this? Salvageable? Let it set out and re-start with some grain wort before the brew? Should we bother?
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Old 12-23-2013, 04:12 PM   #2
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Everyone has done this zillions of times. You'll be fine.


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Old 12-23-2013, 04:14 PM   #3
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Agreed. I use DME for all my yeast starters with no issues. It should turn out fine. Cheers!
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Thank you very much everyone! I really appreciate your help!
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I did a quick look over Palmer's book because I don't remember reading that DME should not be used for AG starters. I was not able to find mention of that anywhere. Do you have a specific reference?
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Agreed, that's the way I've always done my starters....don't recall reading that in Palmer, I'll check Yeast and see if it's mentioned in there.
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http://www.howtobrew.com/section1/chapter6-6.html

I read this after already preparing my starter with DME. Re-reading it now without the panic of thinking I messed up my yeast, I believe I misunderstood what he meant when he said to prepare yeast with a similar wort...
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Ah yeah he means use maltose, not table sugar, honey, anything like that. DME is fine.


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