Preparing a yeast starter
A Yeast starter is a great tool to have in your bag of brewing tricks. Not only will it save you money by cutting down on the cost of expensive yeast cells but it will also produce healthy vibrant yeast cells that will multiply and become hungry and ready to feast once inside the fermenter.
STEP 1. Start by boiling 1 Liter of water in a clean sanitized container (2 Liters if doing a 10 gallon batch)
Step 2: Next turn the heat off (so you don’t burn your extract) and add 1 cup of Dried Malt Extract to your water and stir. Be careful when you reapply your heat as you may have boil-over. Boil for 5 minutes or so. (Use 2 cups if doing a 10 gallon batch)
Step 3: Cool rapidly in an ice bath until you reach a temperature of 68 to 70 degrees. At this point you want to be careful with contamination. We like to use tinfoil or an airlock over the top.
Step 4: Add 1 Vial of liquid yeast and stir frequently. (We are using a stir plate)
Step 5: Let sit for 24 to 36 hours (minimum of 6 hours if in a hurry) at 70 degrees or so and pitch into fermenter when ready.
More to come……..