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Making a yeast starter
« on: January 03, 2015, 05:20:42 PM »
I am preparing to make my first yeast starter, however, I'm concerned about how much of the liquid in the flask I should pour into my carboy. After the starter is ready, do I let the liquid settle and separate, pour of the top half and add the sediment, or pour the whole thing into the carboy?

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Re: Making a yeast starter
« Reply #1 on: January 03, 2015, 05:23:10 PM »
I recommend decanting. Put it in the fridge to allow it to settle out. Pour of as much of the liquid as you can while still leaving enough to swirl up the yeast.

I have added 1 liter stirred starters plenty of times in the past. Not that big of a deal, but if you taste the spent wort you will understand.

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Re: Making a yeast starter
« Reply #2 on: January 03, 2015, 05:25:38 PM »
Agree with Steve.  The starter for my low gravity mild ale tomorrow will be .75 liters.  I will just add the whole thing.  Most times, I prepare a couple days out and decant. 

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Re: Making a yeast starter
« Reply #3 on: January 03, 2015, 06:11:47 PM »
So have 1 liter of water, 1 vial of yeast, yeast nutrient, and .5 cups of DME. After 18-24 hours, I pour off most of the liquid and pitch the rest into my wort?

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Re: Making a yeast starter
« Reply #4 on: January 03, 2015, 06:16:20 PM »
Most yeast will settle out fairly quickly.  Especially if you cold crash the starter.  So yes, one just pours the clear beer off the top of the settled yeast sediment.  But do yourself a favor and taste the beer you pour off.  That will prevent you from dumping it in your wort.
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Re: Making a yeast starter
« Reply #5 on: January 03, 2015, 06:46:43 PM »
+1 just leave enough to cover the yeast- actually protects them fellas and you need just enough to swirl it all up and pour it in.
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Re: Making a yeast starter
« Reply #6 on: January 04, 2015, 12:26:19 AM »
So have 1 liter of water, 1 vial of yeast, yeast nutrient, and .5 cups of DME. After 18-24 hours, I pour off most of the liquid and pitch the rest into my wort?
After 18-24 hours you poo UT it in the fridge for another 24 hours or more.  Then pour off and pitch. 

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Making a yeast starter
« Reply #7 on: January 04, 2015, 12:47:18 AM »
poo UT...
Yes, UT is poo with their 6-6 record.

Best autocorrect of the day.

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Re: Making a yeast starter
« Reply #8 on: January 04, 2015, 12:56:08 AM »
poo UT...
Yes, UT is poo with their 6-6 record.

Best autocorrect of the day.
Ha no way I'm fixing that one!