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Lager Starters
« on: July 28, 2015, 02:29:59 PM »
For all you regular lager brewers out there, what is your typical starter size and number of vials/packs of yeast for an average 1.050 OG wort (5.0 gal or 10.0 gal batch, please specify)? Further, do you MrMalty.com to determine, another source?

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Re: Lager Starters
« Reply #1 on: July 28, 2015, 02:59:30 PM »
Whatever mrmalty.com says is what I do.
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Re: Lager Starters
« Reply #2 on: July 28, 2015, 03:06:07 PM »
2.5 to 3 quarts or liters is enough for 5 gallons of the average lager at 1.050.  I don't use Mr. Malty.  Get great results and save time and effort and money.  And while we're on that topic...... try the dry W-34/70, and you'll really save big time and effort... but maybe not so much money anymore since they raised prices (gouging).
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Re: Lager Starters
« Reply #3 on: July 28, 2015, 03:29:14 PM »
For 5 gal. of an average gravity lager, I use a 3 qt. starter.
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Re: Lager Starters
« Reply #4 on: July 28, 2015, 03:30:41 PM »
For 5 gal. of an average gravity lager, I use a 3 qt. starter.

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Re: Lager Starters
« Reply #5 on: July 28, 2015, 03:31:16 PM »
I've found that all my strains grow 100-150 billion cells per liter in an 8°P stirred starter. So about 3 L for 5 gal at normal gravity.
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Re: Lager Starters
« Reply #6 on: July 28, 2015, 03:31:46 PM »
I use yeastcalc.com. I typically make a step up starter. Two quarts, crash/decant, and step up to 3qt. I don't feel anything less is enough. I like to make sure I have a really good healthy pitch of yeast, especially since I like to pitch cold (45F) and let rise to 48-50.
But since these "big boys" are pitching much less than I am, perhaps I'll give it a go on my next lager. I usually only do the starter once and plan to repitch harvested yeast for successive batches.
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Re: Lager Starters
« Reply #7 on: July 28, 2015, 03:32:38 PM »
I've found that all my strains grow 100-150 billion cells per liter in an 8°P stirred starter. So about 3 L for 5 gal at normal gravity.

Forgot to mention, but that's the same for me.
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Re: Lager Starters
« Reply #8 on: July 28, 2015, 04:22:44 PM »
I don't have a stir plate.  I make a 2 qt. (final volume) starter with 8 oz. of light DME. I pitch into it either a smack-pack of WY2124 (34/70), a packet of W-34/70 rehydrated dry yeast or about 200 ml of slurry from the last batch.  Put it in a 1 gal. jug and shake the hell out of it.  10-16 hours later when it's at or near high krausen, I cool it to 48-50 F and pitch the whole starter into 5.5 gal. of wort to make 6 gal. in the fermenter.  Active fermentation 8-12 hours later.
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