Yeast Starter Question

Homebrew Talk - Beer, Wine, Mead, & Cider Brewing Discussion Forum

Help Support Homebrew Talk:

pearlbeer

Well-Known Member
Joined
Feb 24, 2009
Messages
122
Reaction score
1
Location
Austin
I've been reading a lot about pitching Yeast Starters, calculating yeast pitching rates etc.

Sounds like a great idea for a high gravity beer, or larger than a 6gal batch.

However, I typically brew a standard 5gal batch and pitch White Labs vials. Would I see much benefit from making a starter?
 

Reelale

Well-Known Member
Joined
Sep 25, 2009
Messages
17,735
Reaction score
1,374
Yes! Much shorter lag times, proofing yeast, proper pitching rates, cleaner beer....the list goes on. It's really the proper process to use regardless of batch size IMO.
 

Captain_Bigelow

Well-Known Member
Joined
May 13, 2009
Messages
803
Reaction score
11
Location
Los Angeles
I used to not bother. Now I do, so that I can harvest the yeast for my frozen bank. I find that fermentation always happens a lot quicker when I use a starter and also you can know for sure that the yeast is alive before pitching.
 

BeerBalls

Well-Known Member
Joined
Jun 9, 2009
Messages
66
Reaction score
2
Location
Sewell, NJ
I have used dry yeast, Activator Wyeast smack packs, and White Labs vials all pitched directly, and have never had a better, faster and more complete fermentation than when using a starter. Starters take more work and a few more pieces of equipment (or not - depends on how easy you want it to be), but I think it's well worth the extra effort. I think most of us here would agree that anything that almost always improves the quality of your finished product is well worth it!
 
Top