Coldbreak Brewing HERMS Giveaway!

HomeBrewSupply AMCYL Brew Kettle Giveaway!


Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > General Techniques > Testing starter gravity
Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 07-02-2008, 05:53 PM   #1
nostalgia
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Port Murray, NJ
Posts: 2,408
Liked 69 Times on 47 Posts
Likes Given: 9

Default Testing starter gravity

Without a refractomer, how are you folks testing your starter's gravity? It would seem like you'd have to use too much wort to use a hydrometer, and with how clean we try to keep the starters pouring it back is a no-no.

Thanks,

-Joe


__________________
I'm opening a brewery! Man Skirt Brewing

Progress is always up on my Facebook page
nostalgia is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-02-2008, 05:55 PM   #2
Yooper
Ale's What Cures You!
HBT_ADMIN.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Yooper's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: UP of Michigan
Posts: 65,355
Liked 6017 Times on 4288 Posts
Likes Given: 1547

Default

I don't usually test the gravity of my starters. I know that 1/2 cup DME in 2 cups of water = 1.040 or so. If I'm in doubt that my starter fermented, then I will use a turkey baster (sanitized) and pull my sample that way to my hydrometer flask. It's not really much beer- just about 3-4 ounces or less, I'd guess.


__________________
Broken Leg Brewery
Giving beer a leg to stand on since 2006

Follow me on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lorena.t.evans
But I'm pretty boring so don't expect much!
https://www.facebook.com/lorena.t.evans
Yooper is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-02-2008, 06:58 PM   #3
Hammer
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Posts: 46
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by YooperBrew View Post
I don't usually test the gravity of my starters. I know that 1/2 cup DME in 2 cups of water = 1.040 or so. If I'm in doubt that my starter fermented, then I will use a turkey baster (sanitized) and pull my sample that way to my hydrometer flask. It's not really much beer- just about 3-4 ounces or less, I'd guess.

+1 here.
I usually make a 1L starter. I use a cup of DME and it should be ~1.040-1.044
Close enough for me. I want yeast multiplication, and don't worry about OG.
When I make a lager, I make a 2L starter, but the same ratio applies.
I made a big beer recently (1.095 OG) and didn't do anything different than any other ale. It went from the OG to 1.030 in 48 hrs. That seems to be working well.
I think a stir plate makes a world of difference.
Brew on!
Hammer is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-02-2008, 07:58 PM   #4
Edcculus
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Greenville, SC
Posts: 4,567
Liked 43 Times on 40 Posts

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by YooperBrew View Post
I don't usually test the gravity of my starters. I know that 1/2 cup DME in 2 cups of water = 1.040 or so. If I'm in doubt that my starter fermented, then I will use a turkey baster (sanitized) and pull my sample that way to my hydrometer flask. It's not really much beer- just about 3-4 ounces or less, I'd guess.
+1. 1/2 cup DME to 2 cups water always works for me.
Edcculus is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Testing Gravity in a Carboy BeerPirate General Techniques 15 10-02-2010 05:02 PM
Gravity Testing... brazedowl General Techniques 5 07-07-2009 02:09 AM
Testing gravity of carbonated beer? BrewinDuluth General Beer Discussion 4 06-01-2009 09:48 PM
Testing Specific Gravity.. Useless? c1377 Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 15 07-10-2008 11:46 PM
Proper Gravity Testing Techniques? TronCarter Equipment/Sanitation 16 05-30-2008 11:14 PM


Forum Jump

Newest Threads

LATEST SPONSOR DEALS