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What's the best method of storing yeast for 4 to 6 months in the refrigerator?

Just do it Nothing you described is needed or beneficial with modern liquid yeast packages. For example Weast's Activator: The Activator™ package was designed with superior UV light- and oxygen-...
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2 yeast starts with one stir plate

That sounds like a plan. When the starter is cool the yeast will sediment quicker so you can pour off the spent wort easier. Definitely take yeast out of the fridge on brewday, let it warm. If you ...
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Elderflower "Champagne": would sediments from a first batch help the second one?

Sounds like you got a good wild yeast. By all means try to capture it. Pitching your yeast should insure it becomes dominate on further batches. Not going to detail everything here but some items to ...
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Making a dried yeast starter

Most dry yeast packs are intended for 5 gallons at 1.040 SG. You need to basically add a pack for each .020 points above 1.040 SG x volume / 5g In your case I would just grow more yeast with a ...
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[CIDER]: Should 10mm of foam in the presed juice affter a day be an issue?

Traditionally cider is made without pitching additional yeast. There is plenty of wild yeast on the apple skin. In fact apple skin is such a reliable source of wild yeast that it's often used for ...
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Is it okay to freeze dry yeast at around -20 °C?

Turns out that, at least in my case, freezing the dry yeast is actually a bad idea. I made an experiment last night and I put two sachets of ICV D-47 in the freezer and two sachets in the fridge. ...
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How long should I expect to wait before seeing activity in my yeast starter?

Have you taken a gravity reading? I've had starters that have very little apparent activity that are fermenting right along. It can be tricky to take a gravity sample for a low-volume starter, but ...
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Sour Starter From Dregs

This is a very broad question but here's some direction: ...and the usefulness of this answer depends on whether you are planning on starting a long term barrel project or a medium term sour beer or ...
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My pressure barrel stopped pouring even though 3/4 full

There are two main types of pressure barrels, which are broadly described as top tap or bottom tap, depending where the tap is on the barrel. If the tap is at the top of the barrel then pressure is ...
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[CIDER]: Should 10mm of foam in the presed juice affter a day be an issue?

Could be a yeast or could be lactobacilius - or both! Either way its going now and the only way to stop it is to pasteurise it. I would tend to let it go. As has been said, cider was traditionally ...
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How essential is a starter for brewing with Lactobacillus?

Although I have no experience with Lactobacillus, I think part of the answer is in the Brewer's Notes. Some strains of Lactobacillus work better at much lower temperatures... Lacto pitch rate is ...
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Starters for 1500 litre brewing with 100 g of Dry Yeast

You need about 13,500 billion cells for 375 gallons of 1.050 wort. Thats about 750 grams of dry yeast. To propagate 100g to your pitch rate you can do a single 50 gallon starter. Which will cause a ...
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Elderflower "Champagne": would sediments from a first batch help the second one?

That is probably fine and will start the fermentation faster. I do that all the time in homebrewing beer (with store-bought yeast, though). The concern is in homebrewing that the yeast degenerates ...
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How essential is a starter for brewing with Lactobacillus?

This is what is called a "kettle sour", because you're souring it in your boil kettle, then reboiling. This gives pretty precise control over how much you sour it. This IMO, is the main reason for ...
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Elderflower "Champagne": would sediments from a first batch help the second one?

Your are correct in your assumption that the old yeast cake will act exactly like a sourdough starter. If it is smelling good, I would immediately pitch a new batch of elder-flower must straight onto ...
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How would I go about creating a custom starter culture?

I have never contacted a facility to do this for me, but have in the past purchased drinks, or tablets/capsules that have the probiotic organism I am interested in and grown up cultures from them and ...
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