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Title: Need some advice!!!
Post by: aviking427 on October 14, 2011, 12:00:02 AM
I was planning on brewing a 10 gallon batch of Dopplebock this weekend and am about to get my starter going when I realized the 3 yeast packs are from May 3, 2011. (Bringing my 17 month old son ingredient shopping.....BAD IDEA). According to MRMALTY.COM, my yeast viability is only 10%. Do you think I'll be able to get a large enough starter going by Sunday if I make it tonight? My thought was to do a 5 gallon starter with the 3 packs, decant and do it again Saturday morning with that same yeast cake for a Sunday pitch. I was going to call tomorrow to see if they had gotten more packs. (Wyeast 2206) I am using a stir plate with oxygenated wort and yeast nutrients.

Thoughts? If i don't brew this weekend I'm not brewing for another 2 weeks and thats not gonna make me a happy camper.
Title: Re: Need some advice!!!
Post by: snowtiger87 on October 14, 2011, 08:56:35 AM
I would brew a lower alcohol beer like a Dunkel or Helles to get my yeast count up and then use the yeast cake from that to ferment the Doppel Bock in 2 weeks. The timing should work out well.
Title: Re: Need some advice!!!
Post by: aviking427 on October 14, 2011, 11:56:26 AM
Great advice.... I didn't think of that. Thanks!!!!!!
Title: Re: Need some advice!!!
Post by: majorvices on October 14, 2011, 12:14:17 PM
Yep, that's how I grow up yeast for high gravity beers as well - by starting with lower gravity beers.
Title: Re: Need some advice!!!
Post by: davidgzach on October 14, 2011, 12:28:15 PM
I would brew a lower alcohol beer like a Dunkel or Helles to get my yeast count up and then use the yeast cake from that to ferment the Doppel Bock in 2 weeks. The timing should work out well.

+1
Title: Re: Need some advice!!!
Post by: bonjour on October 14, 2011, 03:36:50 PM
Yep, that's how I grow up yeast for high gravity beers as well - by starting with lower gravity beers.
I brew starters, 5 gallon starters that I drink  ;D ;D ;D;)
Title: Re: Need some advice!!!
Post by: aviking427 on October 14, 2011, 09:58:40 PM
Awesome! I got my ingredients for a munich helles today and they had some fresh packs of 2206, so i grabbed a few of them and will be brewing a tasty starter tomorrow.

Thanks all!!!