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Anyone try making a yeast starter with Corn Sugar instead of DME? If so what proportions of corn sugar did you use? I am planning on brewing a high gravity stout, and don't have any DME for the starter, but do have plenty of corn sugar.


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You need the starter medium to contain maltose and other nutrients provided by malt, or the yeast that you grow will be poorly suited and/or lose the ability to ferment the maltose in a proper wort. This is especially true when brewing a high-gravity beer.

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Thanks for the response. – Bob M. Nov 9 '11 at 15:47
This is largely important due to the nutrients in barley wort that would not be available to the yeast from simple corn sugar. – Kevin Colby Nov 9 '11 at 16:17

Try adding yeast nutrient if you have it.

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Yeast nutrient won't provide the maltose the yeast need. – Hopwise Feb 13 '12 at 0:03

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