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Yeast Starter Question

Discussion in 'Homebrewing' started by Manoftyr, Nov 20, 2012.

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  1. Manoftyr

    Manoftyr Initiate (0) May 6, 2009 New York

    Making a BSDA at about 1.1OG, doing a 4L starter and using a stir-plate; think it'll be good to go after 24hours?
  2. ventura78

    ventura78 Aspirant (267) Nov 22, 2003 Massachusetts

    I've done a number of 18 hour starters with no trouble.
  3. hopsandmalt

    hopsandmalt Initiate (0) Dec 14, 2006 Michigan

    I typically do my starters in 2 stages:
    1) 1000ml wait 48-72 hours
    2) decant, add 1750ml of fresh wort, and pitch 24hours later into 10 gallons.

    I think you'll be good after 24 hours, however it will still be activly fermenting so you'll need to pitch the whole thing without decanting off the spent wort. With such a big starter, it may adversly effect your final beer adding all that oxidized stir plate wort.
  4. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (3,059) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

  5. VikeMan

    VikeMan Meyvn (1,343) Jul 12, 2009 Pennsylvania
    Beer Trader

    How many gallons of beer are you making and how old is your yeast vial/smackpack? A 4 Liter stirplate starter is huge, even for 1.100 OG ale wort.
  6. kjyost

    kjyost Meyvn (1,175) May 4, 2008 Manitoba (Canada)

    Not huge really... A month old smack pack creates ~370 billion cells by yeast calc and a 5.25 gallons of 1.100 needs ~350.

    I know a guy that has a 5L flask he runs full due to the number of lagers he makes...
  7. VikeMan

    VikeMan Meyvn (1,343) Jul 12, 2009 Pennsylvania
    Beer Trader

    That's all true enough. But that's why I asked about batch size and yeast age. For me, month old packs are the exception rather than typical. For example, 5 gallon batch, week old yeast, and now we're talking about 2.6L. The context of the question made me feel like the OP may not have made many starters, so I felt I should ask for more detail.
  8. kjyost

    kjyost Meyvn (1,175) May 4, 2008 Manitoba (Canada)

    For me it's the exact opposite, and at $13 a pack!! Just found another place in town selling for $9, I can't tell you how excited I am.
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