Yeast starter for dry yeast?

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brewhog58

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I just started brewing in the new year and am slowly learning. My question for those more experienced brewers is, with a dry yeast pack (Danstar's Nottingham), is it necessary to make a starter? Will it ruin or enhance the effectiveness of the yeast?
 

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A yeast starter is not recommended for dry yeasts. Follow the rehydration instructions on the packet.
 

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With Nottingham I don't even rehydrate. I just pitch it dry and stir the crap out of it. I had an IPA with an OG of 1.081 finish at 1.019 in 1 week with Nottingham pitched dry.
 

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A starter is definitely not a good idea for dry yeasts. There are far too many yeast cells for the amount of sugars so you don't end up with a healthy yeast population. Rehydrating however is definitely a good idea. You will get a much healthier yeast population if the cells reconstitute in water rather than wort.
 
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