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crayphish

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our brewing session has been moved up to tonight. i had planned on making a starter, however the instruction say the starter should ferment for 12 hours prior to pitching. i just smacked the pack a few minutes ago and need to let that swell for a bit. the question is that if i do make a starter and give it 5-6 hours to ferment, will i get worth while improvements to my yeast? or should i just pitch my smack pack?
 

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You will get a certain amount after that time. How much, I don't know. Is it worth it? probably best to save the DME for another time if that's what you are using.

Edit: I AM the frugal sort though. :)
 

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Make the starter now and get that yeast in it, you don't have to wait for the pack to swell.
 

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For me it would depend on your OG. If it is pretty low (1.050 or lower), this time I would just pitch the smack pack. I'm with the Gnome here, and wouldn't waste the DME.
 

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