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A small fermentation performed for the purpose of increasing the number and proving the viability of yeast cells for use in a later fermentation.

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How essential is a starter for brewing with Lactobacillus?

I'm going to be tackling this recipe for my first attempt at a kettle sour. In the notes, it goes over procedures to make a starter. Researching I've come across sources that say you should have a ...
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Starters for 1500 litre brewing with 100 g of Dry Yeast

What is the possible way to brew batch like 1500 liter with 100 g of yeast ? And how many starter steps need to go and how long will it take to get target pitch rate ? Thanks all !! P.S I'm new ...
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Elderflower “Champagne”: would sediments from a first batch help the second one?

I have made elderflower "champagne" a few times using a traditional method without added yeast, simply relying on the natural yeasts on the flowers. Similar to sourdough, the results may vary a bit ...
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Making a dried yeast starter

i only have one 10g pack of dried yeast, but want to brew 10 gallons.Can you make a starter with dried yeast? Is it benificial to the yeast or should I just rehydrate?
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[CIDER]: Should 10mm of foam in the presed juice affter a day be an issue?

Should 10mm of foam in the presed juice affter a day be an issue? This is before the yeast starter.
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What's the best method of storing yeast for 4 to 6 months in the refrigerator?

I've done a bit of research into different options of yeast storage and so far the least time consuming and most accessible methods seem to be: Making a slant from a yeast sample taken directly from ...
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How would I go about creating a custom starter culture?

I'm interested in creating my own starter cultures. I've found a few facilities which offer to create probiotic formulations, in exact amounts, by kg and density but I would rather start with a ...
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How long should I expect to wait before seeing activity in my yeast starter?

I usually see activity in my yeast starters in the first twelve hours after pitching the yeast. This time, however, I haven't seen anything for 48 hours. No bubbling, no signs of floating yeast and it ...
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Sour Starter From Dregs

I bought Nordic Saison from Hill Farmstead and loved it. I have a Saison recipe that I really like and I want to try and sour that. I took the dregs from a 750ml of the Nordic and threw it in a small ...
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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, rather ...
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Is it okay to freeze dry yeast at around -20 °C?

After adding a sachet of 71B yeast to a 50ml starter at about 40 °C, I've noticed absolutely no activity. The yeast sunk to the bottom of the container and just stayed there. This is the first time I ...
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My pressure barrel stopped pouring even though 3/4 full

My pressure barrel stopped pouring even though it was 3/4 full, the only way to rectify was to release some gas from the top."Was I right to do this, if not what alternative do I have?
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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 ...
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First brewing experience, First kit. need advice [closed]

Okay, so I got a homebrew starter kit for xmas about 5 years ago. it contained 23 litres of prepared wort, a primary pail, a secondary glass carboy and nearly all the tools needed. I still had to ...
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Pitching Whole Starter vs Cold Crashing Effects on Taste

Earlier, I made a thread trying to find a reason for a yeast/green apple flavor in my beer.. After a lot of thought and poking around, I have an idea of why this is, but I wanted your opinions on ...
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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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Yeast Starter Stopped after ~20 hours

I am trying to make skeeter pee without the slurry from a previous batch. so I wanted to make a starter to make sure my yeast were happy guys. I took 3 pints of water to 1 teaspoon of yeast nutrients ...
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I pitched my starter when it was too hot. Is it still ok to use?

I'm making my first starter and I accidentally pitched the yeast when the wort was still warm. I've had it on the stir plate for 24 hours and then a 30 minute rest. See picture, is it still ok to use ...
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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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Mead: Is it harmful to use a malt-based starter?

What are the effects of using a malt-based starter for a batch of mead? I have seen recipes for making starters using honey, but here's the thing: Honey is expensive. Malt extract is cheap(er). I ...
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What differentiates the lag phase from fermentation?

When making a starter, the intent is to make yeast. We use stirplates in part to continually oxidize the wort, enabling the yeast to multiply. In this question about starter oxidation, one of the ...
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Is oxidation of yeast starters a concern?

We all know oxidation is bad, and cooling hot wort is particularly susceptible to this off-flavor-producing problem. the question is; does oxidation matter for starters? I use a stirplate to aerate ...
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Why does my frozen wort smell like black currants?

I'm in the habit of freezing extra wort and using it for yeast starters. After I've racked the clean, cold wort from the kettle into the primary fermenter, I'm left with trub, hops, and wort in the ...
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Yeast Starter with Corn Sugar?

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 ...
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Wild yeast taking over?

I brewed a belgian triple last week. I was making a starter using white labs trapist yeast, but it didn't take off; must have been a bad vial. So, I picked up a packet of wyeast trapist yeast and ...
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Making a Yeast Starter

It seems that there are varying opinions about the size your starter should be. What is the basic rule-of-thumb for 5 and 10 gallon batches? How much water should be used? How much malt/malt extract ...
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Preparing Yeast

I've been reading the How To Brew book, and it (amongst other sites) recommends rehydrating yeast before pitching it. http://www.howtobrew.com/section1/chapter6-5.html Some sites suggest adding a ...
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Wyeast 1187 Ringwood Failure

I'll start by saying that I've never used liquid yeast before, so it could all be my fault... Anyway, I ordered some Wyeast 1187 Ringwood to use for a Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA clone that I did on ...
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Starter and smack-packs

Is making a starter a good idea when using a larger activator pack from Wyeast? Should you smack the packet and add it to the starter, or add it after it swells?
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Would you trust this starter?

I had one WLP001 vial of yeast that was only 14 days past its "best buy" date. I made a starter on a stir plate 2 full days before brewing. I got good growth as estimated by an increase in creamy ...
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stepping up a yeast starter

I followed the instructions in Palmer's "How To Brew" (along with some modifications from a Jamil interview that I heard), for getting a yeast starter going. It is now sitting on my stir-plate, with a ...
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Yeast starter temperatures

What temp guidlines apply to doing a yeast starter? Should the starter be at the intended fermentation temp? Should it be higher for good growth/activity? Should it be lower to keep it clean flavored?...
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Is a yeast starter required when brewing a lager?

Is using a yeast starter 100% essential when brewing a lager or can you use a few liquid vials?