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Yeast and Fermentation / Yeast Amount for Starter
« on: May 23, 2010, 08:30:24 AM »
I'm going to be brewing a higher gravity ale than I've tried before (OG 1.088), and plan to use a starter. When I used the calculator on the Mr. Malty site, it said to use 2 yeast packets, but a friend of mine says I really only need one. According to the calculator for 5 gallons at 1.088, I need 299 billion cells, or 2 vials/packs in a 2 liter starter. Am I wasting money by going with 2 packs?

Equipment and Software / Hydrometer vs. Refractometer
« on: December 04, 2009, 07:18:49 AM »
I'm going to be brewing my first AG batch soon and wanted to know which is the best way to check for starch conversion at the end of the mash, a hydrometer or a refractometer? I've got a small hydrometer that can remain in the mash tun. The guy at the HB shop recommended it, and it certainly sounded better than the iodine test. I have a refractometer as well, but didn't know if that would be more accurate.


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