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Old 02-06-2008, 08:00 PM   #21
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Fix's figures are quite low, commercial pitching rates for an ale are often 1 million cells per milliliter per degree Plato rather than 0.75 million cells/ml/deg plato. That's not to say Fix was wrong, I suspect commercials include a safety margin when it comes to pitching rates.

Yeah, I wouldn't want to underpitch 100 BBL batch and have it get infected or not pass QC. That could be an expensive mistake.....
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Old 02-06-2008, 08:54 PM   #22
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100bbls down the river would be heart breaking.

imo if a brewer can't make a stater they should stick with dried yeast.
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Old 02-08-2008, 09:28 PM   #23
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I'm starting to wash and save yeast, and thus I'm beginning to use starters more regularly. I've used 2 cups of DME in 2 pints of water. Not really sure of this gravity, but it got those babies going really good on the last batch. Is this a pretty good ratio?

 
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Old 02-08-2008, 09:36 PM   #24
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I'm starting to wash and save yeast, and thus I'm beginning to use starters more regularly. I've used 2 cups of DME in 2 pints of water. Not really sure of this gravity, but it got those babies going really good on the last batch. Is this a pretty good ratio?
If you have access to a pressure cooker, spend a 2-3 hours some day when you are bored and can up a buttload of quarts, it is so handy to be able crack open a room temperature quart or two and dump them into the flask, pitch the yeast and set it on the stirplate. the whole process with sanitizing and clean up is less than 5 minutes.

Dam I need to can some 5 and 10 gallon hopped batches, then when I need beer I could dump it into the carboy and just pitch my yeast

 
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Old 02-08-2008, 09:46 PM   #25
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Sorry, don't know the weight of 2 cups of dme but for 2 us pints 31/2 oz would be about right.
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Old 02-08-2008, 10:14 PM   #26
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Sorry, don't know the weight of 2 cups of dme but for 2 us pints 31/2 oz would be about right.
The one sticky I read on here I believe called for 1 cup for 1 pint...so I just doubled both.

 
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Old 02-08-2008, 10:19 PM   #27
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Old 02-08-2008, 11:26 PM   #28
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The one sticky I read on here I believe called for 1 cup for 1 pint...so I just doubled both.
I'm sure it's right but it's worth weighing out next time. A 2 pint starter is roughly the same as 1L which is about the smallest starter you want to make for an average gravity wort (1040 ish).
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Old 02-08-2008, 11:40 PM   #29
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I think the best way to get a 1.040 starter is 1/2 cup DME to 1 pint water, so that's not correct. 1 cup DME would be twice as much DME as suggested.

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Old 02-08-2008, 11:44 PM   #30
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^ +1 to what Yooper said. Back off on the DME and your starters will perform better.

The only problem with that illustration, though, is that it forgets to mention that you should aerate that starter wort. Unless you do that, there is no point in making the starter at all.

 
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