The Homebrewopedia offers a yeast starter recipe (http://wiki.homebrewersassociation.org/YeastStarter
). That said... several small observations:
* Its recipe for a yeast starter recommends 1 cup DME to a quart of water. Using Beersmith, if I go with 1 cup DME weighing .4 lbs, that works out to 1.071 OG -- pretty high. I can get to 1.045 OG if I assume 1 cup DME = .25 ounces.
* Providing weight for the DME in this recipe (in both US and metric) might encourage new brewers to make critical measurements by weight, not volume. DME is a hard thing to estimate by volume, especially for such a small amount of wort. I'm not saying don't list a volume measurement... just suggesting someone with credibility might want to add weight measurements to this fairly important recipe.
* Some interesting SEO: a Google search for "making yeast starter" or "yeast starter" doesn't yield a link to anything on the homebrewersassociation.org domain for the first twenty results--even though most of Google's results for these search phrases are related to brewing. If I force a site search ("making yeast starter site:homebrewersassociation.org"), it's the 7th result. If I remove the verb "making" and force a site search, it's the third result. I have to force a subdomain site search to make it the third result ("yeast starter site:wiki.homebrewersassociation.org"). Shouldn't the AHA's recipe for yeast starter be *the* first result in any general Google search?
Now back to the work stuff I've been avoiding...