Quantcast

Oktoberfest & Starter

HomeBrewTalk.com - Beer, Wine, Mead, & Cider Brewing Discussion Community.

Help Support Homebrew Talk:

illin8

Well-Known Member
Joined
Apr 1, 2008
Messages
468
Reaction score
5
Location
South County, RI
I'll be brewing the AHS Oktoberfest soon using WLP820. Mr. Malty suggests between 1.5 and 2L starter (I'm not sure of the born on date, only the best if used by date may 30, 09). I have a stirplate w/ a 1L flask. Do I need to/should I pick up a larger bottle to do 2L?

Any advise would be appreciated, I haven't made a starter before. Thanks.
 

mpb4f

Member
Joined
Feb 10, 2009
Messages
7
Reaction score
0
I would strongly agree with Malty on the size of the starter. What I typically do with my O'fests is prep a 1.5 L starter for 24 h on a stir plate, then I crash the yeast for two days and decant off the liquid. Morning of brewing I pitch 500 mL of wort at the same tempmperature of the yeast. I then bring the temp of the mixture up to the pitching temperature while I am brewing. And if you are interested, I pitch cold, usually at 46 F.
Good luck,
Matt
 
OP
illin8

illin8

Well-Known Member
Joined
Apr 1, 2008
Messages
468
Reaction score
5
Location
South County, RI
Any tips on making this work with a 1L flask? Can I make a 1L starter and split it somehow? I need somewhere between 1.5 and 2 L...ugh, I should've just bought the 2L flask to begin with.
 

springer

Well-Known Member
Joined
Feb 12, 2008
Messages
4,737
Reaction score
33
Location
Wappingers falls NY
Any tips on making this work with a 1L flask? Can I make a 1L starter and split it somehow? I need somewhere between 1.5 and 2 L...ugh, I should've just bought the 2L flask to begin with.

Like mpb4f I just make a starter let it go 24-36 hours Crash cool decant the liquid and then add some more wort let it go again for 24 hrs to bump up the yeast count.
 
OP
illin8

illin8

Well-Known Member
Joined
Apr 1, 2008
Messages
468
Reaction score
5
Location
South County, RI
Thanks...Can I simply add the vial of WLP820 to ~2L of 1.040 starter wort or do I NEED to step it up to 2L in smaller increments added daily or every other day for a few days?
 

tkone

Well-Known Member
Joined
Jan 19, 2009
Messages
153
Reaction score
0
i just made an oktoberfest with wyeast bavarian (2206?). started with a quart of wort, and kept growing it until i had a gallon of starter. cold crashed for 2 days, then poured off the spent wort and got a quart of yeast slurry. thing still lagged 36 hours before visible activity at 48 degrees, but it's going awesome now
 
Top