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.

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Always making a starter vs. following package description

I have noticed that the smackpacks say on the package that the package is meant for a 5 gal. batch and that you should pour the pack directly into the wort. On the otherhand - nearly everyone tells ...
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Top Cropping Cell Counts

TLDR: I have no idea how much top-cropped yeast to pitch into a ~1.055 OG Octoberfest (5.5 gallons) I am planning on making an Octoberfest (late I know) on August 18th. Instead of making a boring ...
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How much yeast nutrient does starter wort need?

I am going to make a batch of wort to be stored in 1 quart jars to make starters from. I'd like to add the yeast nutrient (diammonium phosphate and yeast hulls) at this time so I don't have to mix it ...
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Should I factor out sugar-to-alcohol conversion in stage 2 of a three-wort batch?

I am planning to make a tripel with OG near 1.085. I need to make a strong starter before subjecting yeast to that kind of gravity. I have read that 1.040 is a good gravity for making a starter. So I ...
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Yeast Starter blew out!

So I made a 2L starter with 2 Wyeast 1056 smack packs, yeast nutrient, a shot of O2 at the beginning and intermittent shaking. Last night it was going strong and this morning it had a nice high ...
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Yeast Starter for a “Big Beer”

So I'm doing my first "Big Beer" this weekend. It's an Imperial IPA with an estimated OG of 1.096. I'm using Wyeast 1056 with yeast nutrient, a shot of pure O2 and intermittent shaking. Using ...
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Salty Starter. From Gypsum?

I'm using gypsum for the first time in an IPA I'm brewing in few days. I made a starter today and thought.... since it's a hopped started, why not add a pinch of gypsum. I used PDME and yeast nutrient ...
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Old DME and Yeast Starters

I just made a yeast starter for my upcoming brew and I realize the bag I was using for DME was pushing a year old and hasn't been through prime storing conditions. It got mixed in with my other stuff ...
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Do I need a yeast starter for a 1.040 gravity wort?

I'm brewing on Sunday (today is Friday), and I neglected to get my yeast (WY1056) until just this afternoon. I could make a starter, but I don't know if it would reach "high krausen" in time for ...
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How do I know when a starter has hit 'high krausen', when using a stir plate

I've been advised to pitch an alcohol tolerant yeast "at high krausen" into a barley wine where the fermentation has slowed (OG 1.101, now 1.035). But if I've got it on a stir plate, how do I know ...
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What is a stir plate?

What is the function of a stir plate when making a yeast starter? Does it drastically improve the starter process?
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Yeast Starter Stopper & Sanitization

I'm going to be making my first yeast starter, for a higher gravity beer. While reading starter guides, and watching videos, I've noticed that there are several different techniques and opinions for ...
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Starter Chill, Decant, Pitch - Why no problem with Temp Shock?

So an often repeated mantra for starters is to (1) make a starter, (2) let it ferment out completely, (3) chill the starter in the fridge for a day or two, then (4) pour/decant off the oxidized "beer" ...
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How to estimate yeast starter viability when using stir plate?

I have just started a transition to making yeast starters and also using a homemade stir plate and am curious how to estimate the viability of the yeast when using this method. Normally, there are ...
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How long can a yeast starter survive in the fridge?

I've made a 2L yeast starter (Wyeast 2633 Octoberfest) and placed in the fridge this morning. My original goal was to brew tonight but I may not be able to. Will the yeast colony still be good for a ...
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Can I do a high temperature starter?

I know if you are adding the yeast directly to the wort you want to keep the temperature similar to that of your eventual fermentation temp to minimize shock to the yeast. However, I plan to make a ...
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Can you use dextrose in a yeast starter?

If you don't have ay DME on hand is it ok to use dextrose as the sugar in a yeast starter?
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are sub-litre starters viable?

So I was having a discussion about starters with someone, after reading NB's Yeast Pitching Rates document. In which, I read that, with a stir plate, and considering a two stage propogation, I could ...
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Yeast Starter Steps

I want to make a yeast starter for a lager. I even went out and got a 3000 ml Erlenmyer Flask. According to mrmalty.com's calculator I need 506 Billion cells. With the two vials of White Labs yeast ...
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How do I make a Yeast Starter?

I know I should be using a Yeast Starter so that I can make sure I have enough, healthy yeast, but I've never managed to go around to it. How would I start a yeast starter? How long before brewday ...
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Should I always use a starter?

I like using a starter because it seems like it cuts down on the fermentation time, but do I really need to do it for beers that are under 1.070 OG?
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Should a starter be hopped?

Should I add hops to my starter recipe? I just started using starters, and I haven't been hopping them at all. I didn't even think of adding hops until I read some of the answers on this question. ...
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What is the proper method of pitching a starter?

What's the proper method of pitching a starter? Do I just pour the whole thing in or do I need to "harvest" a certain portion of it? I just started using starters (.25-.5 Gallons water + 2-4 cups ...