Preparing a yeast starter is easy – you mix a very small batch of malt extract wort (without hops), briefly boil and chill it, then ferment it in a flask a day or two before brewing the main batch. The yeast cells from a single pack of yeast will reproduce in the starter, increasing in number from a few dozen billion cells to hundreds of billions.
Propagating a single pack of yeast using our yeast starter kit exponentially increases the number of cells you pitch. With a higher pitching rate, you will see a shorter lag phase, lower amounts of fermentation-related off-flavors, and less incidence of bacterial contamination in your homebrewed beer.
How do I prepare a yeast starter? What are the benefits?
If that’s an adventure you’re ready to tackle, you’ll need a yeast starter stir plate in your homebrewing toolkit. Finding the right one can help you create a healthy, oxygen-rich starter. You’ll improve the quality of your yeast, and in turn, the quality of your beer. Plus, you can experiment with different strains of yeast to create starters for any kind of beer.
Yeast Starter Procedure and Equipment to Make Better Beer at Home
So how much yeast do I need to pitch? Well, 2000 ml will more or less double the amount of yeast in a vial or packet. Using a stir plate will increase those results dramatically. Trust the calculators and grow your yeast accordingly. As a ballpark figure, use 6 ounces of light DME to 2 quarts of water. This will give you approximately a 1.040 SG wort.
Buy a Maelstrom Stir Plate from Northern Brewer and they’ll throw in a free Fast Pitch Instant Yeast Starter Kit. That includes a 4 pack of canned starter wort, a 2 L Flask, Stopper and Instructions. This is a $29.99 savings and it bundle’s with NB’s Flat Rate Shipping.
First-ever canned wort allows homebrewers to make no-boil, no-hassle yeast starters
I love to make beer, but I hate to make yeast starters. Call me lazy, but I think they require too much pre-planning, they’re a hassle and they’re time-consuming. The added steps that they demand also increase the likelihood of contamination.
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