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Type of DME for yeast starter?
« on: March 26, 2015, 10:42:23 AM »
I tried searching the forum for related information, but found nothing--I apologize if this is a repeated question.

I have just about finished building my stir plate, and will be getting into making a yeast starter for the next batches.  I have seen multiple videos and read up on this, but was unable to find specific information on which type of DME to use.  My question is, does it matter?  There appears to be several varieties of DME, so I wasn't sure if using a particular type in the yeast starter would impact the flavor of the beer.  If I were making an APA or IPA, is there a certain type of dry malt that I should use in the starter?  Or is it such a small volume that it doesn't matter?  Thanks!

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Re: Type of DME for yeast starter?
« Reply #1 on: March 26, 2015, 10:48:54 AM »
I use the lightest color I can find just because it's easier to see through, no other reason.

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Re: Type of DME for yeast starter?
« Reply #2 on: March 26, 2015, 10:58:12 AM »
i use light DME, but honestly doesn't matter-especially when decanting before pitching. if youre not decanting small volume starters, perhaps you may want to vary your DME-light, amber, etc. again, volume would be small so color impact would be negligible IMO.
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Re: Type of DME for yeast starter?
« Reply #3 on: March 26, 2015, 11:25:37 AM »
It makes no significant difference.  Use whatever is cheap or available.  Use LME instead of DME if you want.
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Re: Type of DME for yeast starter?
« Reply #4 on: March 26, 2015, 01:51:53 PM »
The only thing about malt extract for starters that is important is to use unhopped extracts.

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Re: Type of DME for yeast starter?
« Reply #5 on: March 26, 2015, 01:57:03 PM »
+1.  I use pale or pils and then decant.  Other than avoiding the darkest of extracts, it doesn't matter.
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Re: Type of DME for yeast starter?
« Reply #6 on: March 26, 2015, 02:17:46 PM »
The only thing about malt extract for starters that is important is to use unhopped extracts.
Say what?
 
I'm just curious because starter instructions I've seen from older books called for hops, presumably to ward off bacteria. I just assumed that was abandoned due to the cost and the fact that good sanitation made it unnecessary.
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Re: Type of DME for yeast starter?
« Reply #7 on: March 26, 2015, 02:26:33 PM »
The only thing about malt extract for starters that is important is to use unhopped extracts.

Why?
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Re: Type of DME for yeast starter?
« Reply #8 on: March 26, 2015, 04:10:30 PM »
I use the lightest color I can find just because it's easier to see through, no other reason.
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Re: Type of DME for yeast starter?
« Reply #9 on: March 26, 2015, 04:38:06 PM »
Lightest for me as well if I use an extract.  How many people use a liter of wort of a previous boil as the next starter?
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Re: Type of DME for yeast starter?
« Reply #10 on: March 27, 2015, 04:32:45 AM »
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Lightest for me as well if I use an extract.  How many people use a liter of wort of a previous boil as the next starter?

I don't use boiled wort. Instead, I let the mash tun continue draining during the boil. I can get a quart easily, which I freeze. After a couple batches, I have enough for the next starter. If I need more, I add some hot water to the mash tun. 


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Re: Type of DME for yeast starter?
« Reply #11 on: March 27, 2015, 02:14:18 PM »
The only thing about malt extract for starters that is important is to use unhopped extracts.
Say what?
 
I'm just curious because starter instructions I've seen from older books called for hops, presumably to ward off bacteria. I just assumed that was abandoned due to the cost and the fact that good sanitation made it unnecessary.

Now the thinking is hop resins can prohibit cell budding to some point.

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Re: Type of DME for yeast starter?
« Reply #12 on: March 27, 2015, 11:38:45 PM »
+1 to majorvices

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Re: Type of DME for yeast starter?
« Reply #13 on: March 28, 2015, 03:34:15 AM »
The only thing about malt extract for starters that is important is to use unhopped extracts.
Say what?
 
I'm just curious because starter instructions I've seen from older books called for hops, presumably to ward off bacteria. I just assumed that was abandoned due to the cost and the fact that good sanitation made it unnecessary.

Now the thinking is hop resins can prohibit cell budding to some point.
So... that might explain my CRS.
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Re: Type of DME for yeast starter?
« Reply #14 on: March 28, 2015, 12:03:23 PM »
The only thing about malt extract for starters that is important is to use unhopped extracts.
Say what?
 
I'm just curious because starter instructions I've seen from older books called for hops, presumably to ward off bacteria. I just assumed that was abandoned due to the cost and the fact that good sanitation made it unnecessary.

Now the thinking is hop resins can prohibit cell budding to some point.

Wow, I stopped putting hops into my starters a long time ago due to laziness, but the yeast approve!
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