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Don't buy that stir plate
« on: August 31, 2013, 09:28:12 AM »
. A yeast starter is made by scooping out a cup or two of your wort into a sanitized container about half way through the boiling time. A plastic cup or Tupperware type container will work just fine. You cool it down to around 75° or the optimal temerature for pitching your yeast, just as you would cool your full pot of wort. Then, you add the yeast package to it and wait. In about 30 or 40 minutes you’ll begin to see some action in your wort cup, some foaming and churning. This means the yeast cells are happy and beginning to multiply. When your boil is done, you cool your wort to the correct temperature and pour in the slurry. Now, you will have added more cells than were originally in the package and fermentation will be a bit more efficient. You can also wait up to 24 hours before pitching the starter at which point you should have about 6 times the original number of yeast cells.


This is from the FAQ section of a on-line home brew shop. They prefer to "make a starter" for dry yeasts. Clearly your wasting time and money propagating yeast when it is just that easy.  :o

I had a good laugh at most of their (mis)information.

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Re: Don't buy that stir plate
« Reply #1 on: August 31, 2013, 10:32:42 AM »
Sufficient yeast growth in 30 minutes - I'm impressed.  ;D
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Re: Don't buy that stir plate
« Reply #2 on: August 31, 2013, 10:33:12 AM »
Yeah, this is one of those brewing myths that just won't go away. The whole point of a yeast starter is to pitch an appropriate cell count. With good sanitation the need to see fermentation activity ASAP is totally overstated. Pitch the right amount of healthy yeast and control your temps and everything else will take care of itself.
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Re: Don't buy that stir plate
« Reply #3 on: September 01, 2013, 08:05:47 AM »
Is this the same site that talks about "boiling" your grains, rather than steeping them?  I saw that on a TV spot once.  And no it wasn't about decoctions - it was an extract batch!
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Re: Don't buy that stir plate
« Reply #4 on: September 02, 2013, 06:58:44 AM »
Is this the same site that talks about "boiling" your grains, rather than steeping them?  I saw that on a TV spot once.  And no it wasn't about decoctions - it was an extract batch!

Everyone knows not to boil your grains.  That's just silly.  You're supposed to boil the yeast to sanitize it.
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Re: Don't buy that stir plate
« Reply #5 on: September 02, 2013, 08:10:17 AM »
Well, if you like all that, your gonna love this - I boil my finished fermenting beer. 
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Re: Don't buy that stir plate
« Reply #6 on: September 03, 2013, 06:14:25 AM »
Well, if you like all that, your gonna love this - I boil my finished fermenting beer. 
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Re: Don't buy that stir plate
« Reply #7 on: September 03, 2013, 11:01:31 AM »
To make it fit in smaller bottles.
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Re: Don't buy that stir plate
« Reply #8 on: September 08, 2013, 05:55:19 PM »
To make it fit in smaller bottles.
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« Reply #9 on: September 09, 2013, 11:28:35 AM »
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Re: Don't buy that stir plate
« Reply #10 on: September 10, 2013, 08:13:27 AM »
I didn't get past the part where you scoop out boiling wort with Tupperware...
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Re: Don't buy that stir plate
« Reply #11 on: September 10, 2013, 09:23:51 AM »
I didn't get past the part where you scoop out boiling wort with Tupperware...

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