Yeast starters are small worts of 1L or more that contain no hops. The primary purpose is to awaken and grown the yeast supplied in a vial or smack-pack. Typical starter wort is around or under 1.040 in gravity.

learn more… | top users | synonyms

1
vote
2answers
25 views

Not seeing fermentation on lager's primary fermentation

We're currently trying to get a lager to go through its primary fermentation but after 2 days, we haven't seen any action or changes on the surface of the wort. The wort had a full packet of yeast ...
1
vote
1answer
33 views

keeping cropped yeast in good health

If I needed to keep the harvested yeast in the fridge for longer than I needed, could I just make a new starter and leave it to ferment out and then put it in the fridge again. Would this help to keep ...
0
votes
1answer
28 views

Improvements for Geordie Winter Warmer

I've just started a single can Geordie Winter Warmer kit and having read some negative reviews about this kit turning out "weak" and "watery" and like "beer flavoured soda water" I'm naturally having ...
1
vote
0answers
30 views

Can we use monoammonium phospate (MAP) as yeast nutrient for wine making?

Wine making is not common in my country so it's difficult to buy wine ingredient especially Diammonium Phosphate (DAP) as yeast nutrient. After look in local shop, there's a shop selling Monoammonium ...
3
votes
1answer
62 views

Can I reuse a failed starter?

The proprietor at my LHBS gave me an unsold Wyeast 1968 smack pack that was well over a year old. I made a starter for it just to see if it was still viable. It was not viable. Now I need to make a ...
0
votes
2answers
43 views

Pure Carapils starter wort?

I was reading White Labs' Homebrew Starter Tips page, and the following got me thinking: Keeping the Original Gravity low is important because you want to keep the yeast in its growth phase, ...
1
vote
4answers
141 views

Why toss the starter wort?

I've wondered about this for a while: most 'how to make a yeast starter' instructions I've seen suggest using only the yeast-rich sludge, and tossing most of the starter medium. This makes sense if ...
4
votes
1answer
197 views

Saving a yeast starter

I made a beer 2 weeks ago and had 2 liters of yeast starter I made for it. I used about 1.5 liters and saved the rest for later in a sanitized jar in the fridge. Is the starter still fine? Is there ...
3
votes
1answer
80 views

2 yeast starts with one stir plate

I am planning on brewing 2 beers this weekend. I want to make starters for both of them but I only have 1 stir plate. I do have 2 Erlenmeyer flasks. How would be the best way to go about making both ...
1
vote
1answer
116 views

Gross layer of foam at the end of fermentation and aging

I experienced few times a gross layer of foam when fermentation finishes. But the beer was fine, no symptoms of contamination neither off-flavors. I never measure the depth of foam but it can have ...
1
vote
2answers
72 views

Proposed yeast starter

Within the next few days I'll be 'brewing' 100 litres of ale from slightly concentrated sterile wort. I've used these kits before with decent results, but this time I want to try a liquid yeast ...
5
votes
4answers
104 views

yeast starter, always a good addition?

If a recipe does not call for a yeast starter, would it help or be harmful for me to add a yeast starter? The current brew I have going has a O.G. of 1.070.
3
votes
1answer
492 views

How long to refrigerate yeast starter before pitching into wort?

When I brewed last night, my yeast starter had been in the refrigerator for 24 hours and it had "a lot" of yeast settled to the bottom. I am brewing tonight, and my yeast starter has only been in the ...
0
votes
1answer
52 views

Is a yeast starter required for this recipe

According to brewers-friend, I am short 139 billion yeast cells for a recipe I was estimating. I was planning on trying something along the lines of this recipe. My original idea was to re-hydrate a ...
1
vote
3answers
120 views

Saving and storing yeast straight from the packet

I'm currently brewing 1 gallon batches. Say I have a liquid yeast smack pack that's for a 5 gallon batch. What I'd like to do is use about 1/4 to 1/3 of the pack and store the rest for later brews. ...
0
votes
1answer
43 views

Shelf life of canned and unfermented wort?

I asked in a prior post about canning wort to have it handy for yeast farming. What would the shelf life be of canned, unfermented wort? Any special steps to extend shelf life, perhaps adding hops? ...
4
votes
2answers
897 views

Are there dry yeasts that rival liquids for IPA's? [closed]

My HBS just raised the prices of various liquid yeasts. Are there dry yeasts that are as good for IPA's? Recommendations please & should they be pitched dry or as a starter? Thanks.
1
vote
2answers
99 views

Why Reuse Yeast?

Sorry for seeming clueless, but I am clueless. I've only brewed about 15 batches, or less, of extract beers. Thus far, I've always bought prepackaged recipe "kits" similar to a Betty Croker cake mix. ...
3
votes
2answers
216 views

Canning unfermented wort for yeast farming?

Canning is often used to preserve foods: the microorganisms inside mason jars are killed by a boiling water bath and sealed when removed. Small amounts of unfermented wort are useful when yeast ...
2
votes
3answers
359 views

How does a yeast starter affect original gravity reading?

I've prepared a 1qt (~1L) yeast starter according to instructions from Wyeast.com. I didn't measure its gravity, but in theory it should be about 1.040. I am brewing a 5 gallon batch of high gravity ...
0
votes
1answer
164 views

May I Aerate AFTER Pouring Yeast into the Carboy?

I extract brew, and the kits I buy from NB tell me to add cold water to the wort to get a total of 5 gallons, and then aerate before adding the yeast. However, if I do this I will always have more ...
1
vote
1answer
167 views

Will a Yeast Starter Exposed to Sunlight Materially Effect the Beer?

I know not to expose a fermenting carboy to sunlight, but is it OK to expose a yeast starter? I have two of them next to a window with blinds that are ineffective at blocking sunlight. I didn't think ...
0
votes
1answer
147 views

Liquid yeast, do need to make a starter?

I'm making mini batches with IPAs(4-5 liters/ca 1,5 gallon), and with my three first brews I've used dry yeast. On my next mini batch I'll use liquid yeast(WLP005), do I need to make a starter or is ...
1
vote
1answer
42 views

Yeast starter with YM-Medium under aerob conditions?

As far as I know the most common yeast starters are malt extracts which are sealed with an airlock. But the few times I worked with yeasts in the lab we used YM-Medium (Yeast extract-Malt extract) to ...
1
vote
1answer
226 views

What are the characteristics of baker yeast?

I am looking to brew some ginger beer and other simple stuff. I wonder what are the characteristics of baker yeast? Will they do for a cyder beer ? What are the disadvantages? In Europe we have ...
2
votes
2answers
92 views

Yeast Starter OG - Factoring in the WYeast Liquid

Is there any estimate to the "OG of the WYeast Liquid"? When I make a yeast starter with an OG of 1.040, dumping in the WYeast liquid will bring it down, assuming that the liquid has an OG of less ...
1
vote
1answer
197 views

How to know how much starter to make from harvested yeast?

There are plenty of calculators that tell you how much starter to make for a specific amount of starting yeast and for a specific gravity of the wort. On packages/vials of yeast it tells you the ...
1
vote
1answer
544 views

What is the proper way to supplement a yeast starter with oxygen via an aeration stone?

I have two yeast starters going on my two homemade stir plates. The stir bar or the stir plate for one of them is malfunctioning and I can not increase the speed enough to get a vortex going. It is ...
1
vote
1answer
636 views

Do I need to make a yeast starter

I have made around 5 homebrews and have heard of yeast starters but have never used one. I have always used smack packs or dry yeast and just pitched that directly into the fermentation. They have all ...
0
votes
1answer
235 views

What is a 1.070 OG Yeast Starter Going to Do to Me?

As I was boiling my yeast starter, I measured it in a hydrometer, and it read 1.040. I knew the temperature would distort it upwards, but I didn't know by how much... I've already pitched, and out of ...
3
votes
2answers
284 views

Purposely underpitching

So I am planning a roggenbier, partially because I want to try one, but largely to grow up a cake to make 15 gallons of weizenbock. Hefe's are ok in my mind, but my palette basically just wants ...
2
votes
3answers
765 views

Is a yeast-starter without temperature control worse than no yeast-starter at all?

EDIT: Crap, it appears I mislead myself. Northern Brewer includes a temperature range of the particular Wyeast you are using, and I assumed this temperature range factored out off-flavors. I read on ...
2
votes
2answers
4k views

How long can a yeast starter stay on a stir plate before pitching?

Two days ago (on Wednesday night) I made a yeast starter on my stir plate. I purchased a thermometer probe that I intend on modifying a fermentation bucket with, which I thought it would arrive today ...
1
vote
1answer
197 views

Why Wouldn't Chilling a Yeast Starter Cold Crash or Inactivate the Yeast? [duplicate]

We boil DME and water to make a solution with an OG of 1.040, pitch the yeast and place it on a stir plate for a couple of days to make our yeast starters. After this, it is commonly suggested to ...
1
vote
1answer
351 views

Yeast Starter Vortex Size

I've read online that the size of the vortex in a yeast starter does not matter. Why is this true? When I was experimenting with water yesterday, I created a monster vortex (very cool) and could see ...
0
votes
2answers
435 views

Total Volume of Yeast Starter in Regards to Evaporation from Boiling Wort

Today I did my first yeast starter. I purchased the 2000mL flask and DME from northernbrewer, and it came with instructions for doing both 1000mL and 2000mL batches. It suggests 1000mL for 5 gallons ...
1
vote
2answers
397 views

Old malt extract (liquid) for a yeast starter

So by old I'm talking maybe ten years! I was cleaning and found quite a bit of LME gifted to me with all my original homebrew equipment. I was mid-swing into the trash can when I wondered if maybe I ...
8
votes
3answers
676 views

Why an erlynmeyer flask?

Why is the erlynmeyer style flask the automatic go to for yeast starters? I know people use other containers besides flasks, and some flasks dont have flat bottoms but is there something special about ...
3
votes
3answers
139 views

What is the 'cake'?

I've been looking into ways to restart unfinished fermentation and some sources talk about using a Cake, or yeast cake from previous brews. They also talk about pitching on the cake. I've searched to ...
3
votes
1answer
301 views

Making a starter without DME?

Planning to start to use liquid yeasts and will need to do some starters. It is hard to get hold of DME over here (I can get some hopped LME, though). I was thinking on doing a starter from grains, ...
3
votes
2answers
338 views

Rescuing a weak lager fermentation

I'm currently fermenting a spiced dark lager with an original gravity of 1.064. I began fermentation 2 weeks ago today with a White Labs 830 yeast that I made a starter with. The yeast was a bit old, ...
2
votes
2answers
255 views

Pitching yeast the next day?

If I wake up and decide to brew an impromptu batch, can I begin a starter at the same time and just pitch the next day? Seems comparable to no-chill brewing as far as contamination concerns, though ...
7
votes
3answers
2k views

What is the minimum amount of time required for a yeast starter?

It is generally advised to leave a yeast starter for at least 24 hours to get optimal yeast growth. If I only have a few hours, is there any point making a starter from my liquid yeast pack? Is ...
3
votes
1answer
405 views

How do you harvest yeast from a commercial beer?

I've done yeast starters and I've re-used yeast beds but I have never previously harvested or captured yeast from a commercial beer. I tried it last night, inventing my process as I went but I'm ...
2
votes
1answer
533 views

Use of servomyces in a yeast starter

1 servomyces capsule is the correct dose for 5 galons of wort. If I want to add servomyces to my 1.5 litre yeast starter should i break open the capsule and use only part of it? or is it safe to add ...
1
vote
1answer
112 views

Should the starter volume be included in the overall batch size?

I'm giving my first starter a go: a 2.4L starter for a 21L batch overall. Since this looks like it will account for over 11% of the total volume, should I recalc for a 23L / 19L batch? Or should I ...
0
votes
0answers
37 views

Reusing vs using new yeast [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How many times can yeast be reused? I have read in a couple of places that you should only reuse yeast a couple of times - most say up to 5 times because you would get ...
3
votes
2answers
2k views

Yeast Starter with Dry Yeast (S-04)

I know the common wisdom is you shouldn't do this, but I am brewing two mid-to-high gravity beers on Saturday (1.065 and 1.072), and only have one packet. I am now chilling a 2L starter that I was ...
4
votes
2answers
393 views

Making a starter when reusing yeast

I want to reuse the washed yeast from a previous batch of beer in my next batch. Should I make a starter for it? If so, how much of it? I looked at MrMalty, and it seems to me they tell me not to make ...
3
votes
3answers
706 views

What is the purpose of stepping up a starter

Very simply, what is the difference in pitching 100 billion cells into a 1L starter and into a 2, 3, 4L starter of, say 1.040 OG? I understand the logic with a 5.5 gallon batch of beer: you want ...