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AHA Yeast Starter Video
« on: February 12, 2016, 08:49:23 PM »
Thoughts once you've seen it?


Boil, cool, no airation mentioned, bung and airlock it, stir plate... pitch. That's what I got anyway.

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Re: AHA Yeast Starter Video
« Reply #1 on: February 13, 2016, 04:41:40 AM »
Did it ever reappear?

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Re: AHA Yeast Starter Video
« Reply #2 on: February 13, 2016, 02:27:44 PM »
Not yet. Someone who knows better must have yanked it.

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Re: AHA Yeast Starter Video
« Reply #3 on: February 13, 2016, 04:28:50 PM »
I have held my tongue long enough.

Mark is not some super genius micro biologist. He is certainly a smart guy that did perform a lot of research while honing his method, but then again so did Kai, JZ and Chris White.

I am amazed at how quick the sheep on this forum have gone from using stir plates to accepting his method to decrying all others as so inferior they should be mocked. This forum is starting to become a collection of elitist snobs.

Stir plates work for people as does Mark's method. I don't know which is better, but I still use both and my beers are good either way.

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Re: AHA Yeast Starter Video
« Reply #4 on: February 13, 2016, 04:42:52 PM »
id be interested in the blind triangle of stir plate vs shaken and pitched high krausen. only difference I've seen is sometimes the lag time is less for high krausen pitched. as someone said in another post- we don't drink lag time-we drink beer.

both methods work- but is one better or worse than the other....haven't experienced that conclusion.
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Re: AHA Yeast Starter Video
« Reply #5 on: February 13, 2016, 04:53:57 PM »
Unfortunately it's gone now, but the video showed boiling 150g of dme in 1000ml water with 1/4tsp nutrients. So 1.060 wort if I'm adding right. After 15 min boil, cover with foil and cool to 70F. Then pitch yeast and put a stopper with air lock on it. Stirplate for I forget how long. Then pitch the whole thing.

I was just curious what folks thought of that. I'll bet it would make beer. If my post enraged anyone so much that they had to resort to insults, that was not my point.

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Re: AHA Yeast Starter Video
« Reply #6 on: February 13, 2016, 05:08:09 PM »
I have held my tongue long enough.

Mark is not some super genius micro biologist. He is certainly a smart guy that did perform a lot of research while honing his method, but then again so did Kai, JZ and Chris White.

I am amazed at how quick the sheep on this forum have gone from using stir plates to accepting his method to decrying all others as so inferior they should be mocked. This forum is starting to become a collection of elitist snobs.

Stir plates work for people as does Mark's method. I don't know which is better, but I still use both and my beers are good either way.

Dude..settle down.  I haven't seen anyone denouncing or mocking other methods.  I have seen people using Mark's method, like myself, report great results with it.  elitist snobs?  I'm not sure where that comes from.  In the end, its HOMEbrewing.  There are many roads to the same destination.
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Re: AHA Yeast Starter Video
« Reply #7 on: February 13, 2016, 05:28:09 PM »
Despite my best efforts I find it impossible to be a sheep and elitist snob at the same time.
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« Reply #8 on: February 13, 2016, 05:55:18 PM »
Maybe I took it too far, but I stand by my opinions.

Jim's posts read like a mock of the method. I will admit that this could be my bias, but maybe others read it the same way.

If somebody asks a question about a stirred starter, don't reply with the shaken not stirred method. Answer his/her questions and add the other method as a side note. Imagine if you were a new brewer and were told that the latest purchase was a waste, which is how it reads, when in fact it's still one of many viable methods.

In the past I cringed whenever I would read Denny's "try it for yourself" response. I would say to myself, "the guy is looking for a simple answer and you pull this Master Po 'grab the pebble from my hand' BS?" But now I'm an honest believe. People shouldn't take any of the posts here as gospel and should run their own tests to find what works.

I honestly do feel that there is a bit of a hive mentality here. Maybe it is because there is a core group that posts a large majority of the replies, but either way hive minds are bad for growth and innovation.
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Re: AHA Yeast Starter Video
« Reply #9 on: February 13, 2016, 06:10:28 PM »
My first starters were un stirred and randomly shaken when I remembered. Then I got a stir plate and did a couple batches that way. Then I tried and have been still using The James Bond method. All 3 methods did make beers I was happy with. Were they great, I'm not the one to answer that. In my short experience with home brewing, about 35 batches, I have rarely made the same batch twice,  and when I did, I followed almost exactly the same procedure as the first time. Did one way produce better beer for me? I really don't have that answer because my early brews had poor or more likely, no notes. For me going forward, the shaken not stirred method is fairly simple and easy, and I will continue to use it. I have an interested new Comer coming to brew with me, and we be be making 2 batches: 1 extract with rehydrated dry yeast and 1 AG batch with a shaken starter. He won't see that starter really until we are ready to pitch, but I will explain it to him as well as its benefits. In the end, if he wants my stir plate, I'll give him a great deal on it. Just my $0.02
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Re: AHA Yeast Starter Video
« Reply #10 on: February 13, 2016, 06:10:47 PM »
I think the feeling here is that even if you use a stirplate, what was (supposedly) shown in the video wasn't even the best approach to the stirplate method.

I prefer S. Cerevsiae's approach simply because it's easier. No stir bar to worry about dumping in the beer, which was something I was stupid enough to do regularly.

I think it's very possible for people to hear the proper scientific approach to doing things, then turn around and assume that that is the only way to do things. In reality, the best idea is to make that science work for you. It's like engineering, there's usually a perfect way to do things that ends up not being used due to cost or difficulty. Brewing is no different IMO.
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Re: AHA Yeast Starter Video
« Reply #11 on: February 13, 2016, 06:27:15 PM »
Steve, in my mind the hive mentality and telling someone to experiment  for themselves are polar opposites. I've brewed long enough that I don't feel that I have to take anyone's advice out of some sort of peer pressure. I will try a technique from a brewer I have confidence in to see if I like it better or worse than what I was doing prior. I try hard not to tell someone what they need to do - I try to tell them what I do, then suggest to try it for themselves, to form their own opinion. To me, that runs counter to 'conform and do what we do'.
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Re: AHA Yeast Starter Video
« Reply #12 on: February 13, 2016, 06:36:50 PM »

I think the feeling here is that even if you use a stirplate, what was (supposedly) shown in the video wasn't even the best approach to the stirplate method.



This is how I read it.

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Re: AHA Yeast Starter Video
« Reply #13 on: February 13, 2016, 06:40:19 PM »
For lagers I still use a stirplate, crash and decant. Just can't bring myself to pitch 2.5 liters of starter into 19.
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Re: AHA Yeast Starter Video
« Reply #14 on: February 13, 2016, 06:48:11 PM »
Heck, I don't even boil my starters...

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