Well this weekend will be my beechwood/starter experiment (with LIQUID yeast ). Since I'm only making one four gallon batch, split between two Mr. Beer kegs, the starter is just to say I actually made one the right way. The real purpose of this batch is to see what impact beechwood might have on a beer. As I posted in another thread, I had to cut a beech tree down recently. As I was cutting the trunk width logs (30"+) into fireplace size, I began to think of Bud's old advertising "Beechwood aged." Turns out, Bud bascially removed all the beechwood taste prior to adding it to the beer. (Did we forget to mention that?) I guess my starter experiment will have to wait until the summer.