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Old 05-28-2008, 01:21 PM   #1
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Hi gang...

my third brew day will be this saturday... using my first liquid yeast and first starter for this batch. I smacked my pack yesterday (Tuesday) and am waiting for it to swell...

I got the 2000ml flask from AHS and the starter kit that came with it is for like 750ml which doesnt seem like much wort at all compared to the size of the flask.

two questions:

1. Is that 750ml enough for a starter and more importantly:

2. Has anyone had any problems boiling right in the flask on a glass-top electric range? I'm not sure if you can only boil the flask with a gas burner.

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Old 05-28-2008, 01:26 PM   #2
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I've personally never made a starter smaller than 1000mL
You should not have any problems boiling directly on the electric range.


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Old 05-28-2008, 01:27 PM   #3
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ya.. it seems like there should be more but the pack from Austin Homebrew Supply was so tiny. Kinda strange, and I dont have any extra DME. Hope I'm not screwed for this weekend.

 
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Old 05-28-2008, 01:37 PM   #4
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another thing, did you smack the pack and put it back in the fridge? When at room temp they should swell up in about 3 hours.
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Old 05-28-2008, 01:41 PM   #5
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It's sitting out at room temp. I smacked it around 6pm last night and this morning the package was plump but not solid or anything. I plan on making the starter when I get home from work in about 7 hours from now.

 
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Old 05-28-2008, 02:05 PM   #6
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Even though that is not a lot of wort, keep in mind that you will likely double the number of yeast cells that are in the smack pack. Since many people use the pack without a starter, I suspect your results will be very satisfactory.

If you are brewing a really big beer, you might want to scale up the starter size.
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Old 05-28-2008, 02:07 PM   #7
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Just keep a very close eye on the flask while boiling on the stove and use very low heat. It will boil out of the top very quickly and easily.
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Old 05-28-2008, 02:08 PM   #8
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thank you very much everyone.

for the future though, it looks like I may just get 1lb of DME to keep for starters so I can 'step up' right before brew day.

 
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Old 05-28-2008, 02:24 PM   #9
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I would avoid boiling with the flask directly on the electric element. You can buy wire trivets that you'd put under coffee carafes that will protect it from the direct heat. It would really suck to have a flask shatter with the heat on - aside from the huge sticky mess, a lot of the wort would burn and stink up the place.

 
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Old 05-28-2008, 03:15 PM   #10
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FWIW, I tried boiling my flask directly on the stove, and it was a big mess when it came to adding the DME through the narrow opening (DME tends to clump/cake immediately when exposed to moisture, including hot steam).



 
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