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Mattheus_Rex wrote:I did not make starters. It was my first time using the Wyeast and I was trying it specifically because it said it didn't need a starter. The white labs I just pitched because I had it it handy and wasn't really thinking about it. I'm about 50/50 on wether I use a starter, usually because I forget about it, but have never had this happen before. The Krausen has started to form so I feel ok, just a little surprised to find a yeast not really work and there's two of them in there.
BrewinProf wrote:I haven't made starters in years -- instead I pitch an extra smack pack or two. I almost always have good activity in the fermenter the next morning and my beer comes out great. When you think about it, the cost of pitching extra smack packs isn't that much greater than the cost of the starter equipment and extra dme. Also, it's a hassle getting the starters ready several days ahead of time and I was always concerned about the possibility of contamination.
Denny wrote:All the starter equipment you need is a gal. jug. Buy some apple juice and you get the jug free. DME is pretty cheap. I buy a 5 lb. bag for $15-20 and it lasts me a year. And an experiment we're currently running at Experimental Brewing is showing that 2 smack packs aren't much better than one.
I agree that the cost of the supplies isn't that much but it was mostly the extra time and hassle that I decided wasn't worth it. I made yeast cultures for many years before I decided to just pitch extra packs and didn't notice a dropoff in quality. However I am very interested in your experiment. When you say that your experiment is showing that "2 packs aren't much better than one" what aspect are you referring to? Lag time? Some measure of beer quality?
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