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When creating the starter, do I still need to boil the water if I'm using distilled water? Taking into consideration I use Fast Pitch which does not need to be boiled unlike DME.

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That's easy: you don't use distilled water when farming yeast because it makes them explode.
Literally.
(Pretty cool, if gruesome on a microscopic scale, to see a yeast cell expel its guts because it was immersed in distilled water)...

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Two articles that seem to show that distilled water is not bad for yeast in long term storage. I would think that mixing DI and Fast Pitch would not be a problem.

http://www.alsand.com/beer/yeast/store_E.html

http://www.probrewer.com/library/archives/keeping-your-yeast-healthy-longer/

To the OP you will probably get multiple ways for doing your starter. When I use fast pitch, I use RO water that I just pour out of my tap and I don't think twice about the possibility of contamination. If you are concerned about contamination then boiling the water before adding fast pitch would be wise. I would put the fast pitch in the fridge so that it cools the boiling water down faster.
 
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That's easy: you don't use distilled water when farming yeast because it makes them explode.
Literally.
(Pretty cool, if gruesome on a microscopic scale, to see a yeast cell expel its guts because it was immersed in distilled water)...

Cheers!
I guess that would be the case if I wasn't adding Fast Pitch, but good to know.
 
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Two articles that seem to show that distilled water is not bad for yeast in long term storage. I would think that mixing DI and Fast Pitch would not be a problem.

http://www.alsand.com/beer/yeast/store_E.html

http://www.probrewer.com/library/archives/keeping-your-yeast-healthy-longer/

To the OP you will probably get multiple ways for doing your starter. When I use fast pitch, I use RO water that I just pour out of my tap and I don't think twice about the possibility of contamination. If you are concerned about contamination then boiling the water before adding fast pitch would be wise. I would put the fast pitch in the fridge so that it cools the boiling water down faster.
Damn that's a good idea, thanks!
 
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