In another thread there are ideas of cost cutting methods that many feel are in the extream. That in the end the final product will not be good.
This thread is the opposite. What are ways to cost cut/cut corners that will not deter from a quality product. With all of the folks out there who are on a strict budjet seems they need an answer to "How can I do this cheaper?" It seems we need a thread to give them some resources... perhaps we can put this on a FAQ? Remember... these are methods that you know will give a good brew.
When you guys convinced me to make a yeast starter I obviously went to my books and searched everything I could on them since I had never made one before. In one of them it was saying that you could take that yeast starter and use half for your batch. Then add more fermentables to the starter so that it builds up again. You can then keep feeding it till you need it. Has anyone done this before? I am assuming that you would have to want to make say one particular style of beer and not care to choose from the many strains that are out there. I am also guessing keeping things sanitary could be more difficult.
This is exactly what I do with my sourdough starter. I have a starter and I feed it every week till I need it (it would otherwise take 4 days pre plaining if I had not).