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Old 01-31-2008, 12:23 AM   #1
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I am purchasing a yeast starter kit and I am currently making 5gal extract batches only. Would a 1000ml flask be big enough to make a start with something the size of a wyeast pack, or will I wake up the next day to a bubbly mess?

 
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Old 01-31-2008, 12:27 AM   #2
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I don't think that is big enough. I had a 2 litre and it was too small, so I bought a 5 litre. Money well spent.
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Old 01-31-2008, 12:27 AM   #3
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I use a 1000mL flask for starters on a stirplate with no issue. You won't get much krausen in a starter anyway.
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Old 01-31-2008, 12:32 AM   #4
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You might see krausen if you do a hefe. I did a 4 litre hefe starter in my 5 litre flask and it needed a blowoff. I've been going by the Mr. Malty calculations, so that's why I've been using the bigger flasks.
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1L starter is better than no starter. I have a 1L flask, but quickly moved up to a 2L.
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Old 01-31-2008, 01:40 AM   #6
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Here's a pic of a 2 litre 3068 after 1 hour:

http://i29.tinypic.com/azi4g.jpg

That's a 2 litre starter in a 5 litre flask.
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i have a 1 liter and a 2 liter.

my next belgian i'm planing to do 1 of each then step each up, then dump them both in
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Old 01-31-2008, 11:17 PM   #8
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FYI, that 2 litre starter blew out the top of the airlock when I woke up this morning. That's over 3 litres of krausen.
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Old 01-31-2008, 11:25 PM   #9
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Thanks for the input gents. My LBS recommended a 1gal glass jug, and he outfit me with a stopper and 3 pc airlock. He just told me to clean the jug immediately after pitching to keep it from caking on inside. Hopefully this works!

 
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Old 01-31-2008, 11:43 PM   #10
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I think that's a good idea. Just be diligent with the sanitation and you're all set. Good luck!
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