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  1. laurakeating

    What's wrong with my cider?

    This is my first batch ever. I used a storebought, pasteurized, 100 percent juice with a wild yeast starter I made from storebought apple juice and organic berries. A few days into fermentation I noticed stuff growing on top that smelled like yeast. What is it? My cider doesn't smell bad, it...
  2. MikeScott

    Advanced Yeast Starter Techniques

    In the last 3 years, I've had a really significant jump in the quality of my beers, and I've attributed it primarily to great yeast health and viability. As the saying goes, brewers make wort, yeast make beer. There's a crazy amount of information out there about yeast health and starters, and...
  3. yungalb

    Brownish yeast after starter

    Hello fellow brewers. Pitched half of my lager starter into a German Pilsner yesterday, and the other half into a jar to keep in the fridge, like I usually do. But today when I checked the jar, I noticed it was browner than the rest of my yeast. See photo of WLP028 and this yeast for...
  4. Sergiy

    Frozen wlp yeast

    Hi everyone, I put my wlp yeast in freezer by mistake and pack was there for about 2 week. Do I have a chance with a starter or they are dead?
  5. Sr_X

    How to start brewing cider

    Hello there. I am absolutely new to the brewing world, however I would ardently like to prepare my own cider. Short story, I lived on a country where finding cider was easy, and then after a few years, the situation changed and the country where I am located now has a lot of fruits, but...
  6. T

    Yeast starter help

    Hi, First time using liquid yeast. I did a starter and the plan was to overgrow the starter so that i can save some for the future. Calculator told me that I need approximately 184 billion cells for the 20l batch (5.3 gallons), and 100 billion cells for future use. I used stir plate and...
  7. danielthemaniel

    Yeast Discs in Starter

    I made a yeast starter today using White Labs English Cider Yeast. It has a best by date of 2/17/2021. I checked on the starter about 3 hours into it and saw these weird yeast discs. I've seen yeast flocculate together but the consistency of the discs is intriguing. I know it's probably just...
  8. K

    Preparing A Yeast Starter Using Canned Wort

    In my previous article Wort Canning To Save Time, one commenter questioned where the time savings were. Well, ask and ye shall receive! In this article, I'll show you how I use pre-canned starter wort to make preparing a yeast starter an extremely quick process. As I mentioned in the previous...
  9. T

    My RIMS System Brewday

    I have been brewing on my Recirculating Infusion Mashing System (RIMS) for a little over a year now, and am loving every minute of it. When I first started all-grain brewing, I could never quite get my mash temperatures right. It would always be too high or too low after adding the grains to the...
  10. G

    For Starters. Flatulence, Flasks and Fermcap

    There are many benefits to making a yeast starter, and a plethora of threads on this forum discussing their merits and the techniques used to make them. It was through my involvement in one such thread I discovered that some people consider making a starter in an Erlenmeyer to be potentially...
  11. Nate R

    Did i pitch too much lager yeast?

    Hey all. So i finally realized the economies of making large yeast starters and saving some. I did a 5 gallon batch of a basic pilsner. I added what is probably about a 2 to 3L starter size of wlp800. I picthed at 47, then let it rise to 54 where i am holding it. This is only my second lager...
  12. micraftbeer

    Lazy Man's Starter- Ran out of Propper Starter at Inopportune Time

    So I've been using Propper Starter for a while now. I love it, it's so convenient. I pour the starter can in the flask, then fill up with distilled water, pitch the yeast, and set it on the stir plate. But alas, I needed to get my starter going tonight, and I found I had run out of Propper...
  13. gatewood


    I decided to brew my own alcohol because I live pretty far away from civilization, but, because of that, my only option has been to try and catch wild yeast (through fruits and wort) and make a starter. All of my cultures are carbonating pretty well (bubbling quite a bit), and all of them are...
  14. frankvw

    Can a yeast starter be too big?

    I'm making yeast startrs using a stir plate. My starter wort has an OG of 1.040. I'm growing up a yeast sample that has few viable cells in it (liquid yeast and fermenter sludge several months old, sediment harvested from a bottle, etc.) What is better in this case: starting with a small...
  15. S

    Scaling up a yeast starter

    Apologies if this is somewhere else in this forum ; Anyone make 5 gal of 1.04 OG wort from DME and pitch their starter into it in order to grow a large quantity of yeast? Basically, I'd like to gather a large quantity of a strain so that I don't have to overgrow my starter and save some yeast...
  16. DrGarbonzo

    Bottle dregs yeast harvest - success -Unibroue; Allagash

    While there appears to be some debate about the quality of Unibroue bottle fermented yeast dregs*, I had a successful fermentation using dregs from 4 or 5 bottles of their variety 6 pack (Maudite, Blanche, Trois Pistoles, Fin du Monde, others). While it did not end up with Belgian fruity...
  17. ChaosB

    Conan Yeast Starter w/ Fast Pitch Wort & Yeast Nutrient

    I will be using 2 packages of Omega Yeast OYL-052 "Conan" to attempt to ferment my first brew, a clone of MadTree Galaxy High DIPA. Recipe linked below. OG 1.084 FG 1.010 ABV 10.0% I have a package of...
  18. M

    Berliner Weisse new(?) souring method

    Hi, I'm going to brew my first ever Berliner Weisse soon. I've gone through different methods available for souring it properly. So far the most promising for me seemed tossing neutral yeast together with bacteria to chilled wort, but it bugs me (pun here!) that acidic profile of the beer would...
  19. DrGarbonzo

    Left starter for two days - still good?

    Hi all, I was ready to brew this week and made a starter Monday night to brew with the next day. Then I forgot about it until Wednesday night, woops! I put it in the fridge Wednesday and plan to decant tonight - anything wrong with using a starter left out for ~48 hrs? My gut instinct is that...
  20. beervoid

    Looking for the woodlandbrew yeast starter calculator spreadsheet

    Hello everyone, Does anyone happen to have this yeast calculator spreadsheet? It's not downloadable anymore from the website. Thank you