« on: August 17, 2011, 02:01:36 pm »
Just read the thread on "just how important is a starter". I have always had better results when pitching a starter. I have been using Hefe from a local brewery for the past year or so; getting excellent results every time. this last batch, the brewer was out of town so I went with a smack pack. Didnt even wait for it to swell. Now it's been about 48 hours and I'm getting barely a couple bubbles. I feel like social services is gonna come knock on my door any minute and charge me with yeast abuse. Those poor little guys.
Thank you Denny and Paul for your help and insight. I picked up a stir plate today and some WLP001. Do you treat Ale starters the same way (make in advance; put in the fridge etc.)? What's a good gravity for starters? Never used a stir plate either. Anything I should know?
There's probably already discussion about this on this forum, just that I dont know where to look. or I'm just plain lazy I guess.
Also wanted to know if it's ok to use fermcap in my starter?