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Yeast Starter for 1 Gallon Batch?
« on: March 07, 2013, 07:02:21 PM »
Hi guys, I'm going to be brewing a 1 gal. batch of Dead Ringer IPA (1.064) this weekend.  Anyone think I need a yeast starter, or can I pitch it dry?
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Re: Yeast Starter for 1 Gallon Batch?
« Reply #1 on: March 07, 2013, 07:16:31 PM »
What yeast are you using?  If you're using a dry yeast then no need to make a starter.  Just rehydrate the appropriate amount of yeast and pitch it.

If you're using a liquid yeast then yes, you should make a starter.  Check out http://www.mrmalty.com/calc/calc.html for the right sized starter.
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Re: Yeast Starter for 1 Gallon Batch?
« Reply #2 on: March 07, 2013, 07:55:37 PM »
If it's only a 1 gallon batch you don't need a starter for liquid yeast at that gravity.
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Re: Yeast Starter for 1 Gallon Batch?
« Reply #3 on: March 07, 2013, 08:18:10 PM »
Ah, I missed the 1 gallon part.
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Re: Yeast Starter for 1 Gallon Batch?
« Reply #4 on: March 07, 2013, 09:33:28 PM »
At 1 gallon it IS a starter. Well almost.

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Re: Yeast Starter for 1 Gallon Batch?
« Reply #5 on: March 08, 2013, 07:08:53 AM »
At 1 gallon it IS a starter. Well almost.

^^^ This! ^^^  Skip the starter, it basically IS a starter.
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Re: Yeast Starter for 1 Gallon Batch?
« Reply #6 on: March 08, 2013, 12:33:50 PM »
At that size I wouldn't bother with a starter if you are pitching new yeast but if you're pitching from harvested yeast then the yeast will benefit from a small starter to get the yeast reactivated. I find pitching washed yeast without a starter results in delayed fermentation even at the one gallon level.
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Re: Yeast Starter for 1 Gallon Batch?
« Reply #7 on: March 08, 2013, 12:46:54 PM »
Definitely no starter for dry yeast. At that volume/gravity, I'd pitch 2-3 g (1/4 pack) rehydrated.
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Re: Yeast Starter for 1 Gallon Batch?
« Reply #8 on: March 08, 2013, 07:53:18 PM »
Good deal. Thanks guys!

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