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Old 05-18-2006, 07:00 PM   #1
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Could you substitute priming sugar for the DME when using a yeast starter? That DME is so darned expensive.


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Old 05-18-2006, 07:14 PM   #2
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Actually, you can use any "sugar" for a starter.

However, would you use helium or nitrogen to pump up your tires? Or Dawn Dishwashing Liquid for shampoo?

Everything has a purpose.


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Old 05-18-2006, 07:17 PM   #3
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I would recommend using dry malt extract instead of sugar.
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Yeah, in his own special way, HB99 is telling you it's not the best idea to use pure sugar for a starter because the yeast gets used to having it easy and may not perform as well in the real wort.
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Thanks for the replies. I guess I'll stop being a cheap-a$$ and just follow the instructions on the kit.
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Thanks for the replies. I guess I'll stop being a cheap-a$$ and just follow the instructions on the kit.
Which may not be the best for your brew.

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Yeah, in his own special way, HB99 is telling you it's not the best idea to use pure sugar for a starter because the yeast gets used to having it easy and may not perform as well in the real wort.
Yeah, that's me, "special"

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Thanks for the replies. I guess I'll stop being a cheap-a$$ and just follow the instructions on the kit.

how much are you using? 1/2 c in 1.5 qt h20 is all you need.

if you buy 3 lbs for 11 bucks or so, that will make you about 12 starters
that's less than a dollar a starter
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how much are you using? 1/2 c in 1.5 qt h20 is all you need.

if you buy 3 lbs for 11 bucks or so, that will make you about 12 starters
that's less than a dollar a starter
Yeah, see, that's right up your alley - cheap!

I know you were placing the emphasis on the entire purchase. I don't even think about it anymore. I just know what I want/need and get it I'm going to pay. I usually buy 110# of DME at a time.
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Old 05-19-2006, 01:59 AM   #10
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what about using light liquid extract for a primer? would it work as well as dme or worse?


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