Sunday, December 1, 2013

A yeast starter is very easy! Here are the simple steps:

I always avoided a yeast starter because it sounded complicated.  It's not.  Here is yeast starting for dummies.

Make your starter about a day before brewing.  Anywhere from 12 to 36 hours should be good.

Water to DME ratio is 1 gallon to 1 pound.  A typical 5 gallon batch would use 1/2 pound dry extract and 1/2 gallon water.  Any dry malt extract will do.

1. Boil water with malt extract for 15 minutes.
2. Cool in a bath of ice water to appropriate yeast-pitching temp.
3. Pitch yeast.
4. Pour mixture into a flask or growler and attach air lock.
5. Store at room temperature for approx. 24 hours or until you are ready to brew.


Supplies needed:

Glass container (flask or growler work great)
Rubber stopper that fits the glass container
1/2 lb dme (makes a 5-gallon batch of beer)
your choice of yeast (a small packet will work since you are growing it in the starter)

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