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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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 ...
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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 ...
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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. ...
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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? ...
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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.
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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 ...
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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. ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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?