I posted in the Homebrewtalk.com all-grain and thebrewingnetwork.com all-grain forums for ideas on practice tests that’d help refine my brewing process. Stop at one and offer any advice you might have.
So my first yeast starter… a few notes:
Working with the stainless diffuser stone is a PITA – just time consuming with the 15min boils to clean/sanitize it.
I am too cheap to buy a stir plate yet – I’m saving for my very keezer. From Palmer’s calc it just seemed to increase the amount of starter I needed by ~.5L. The starter seemed to turn out just fine.
@#$@# is boiling in an Erlenmeyer flask touchy – friggin boilovers are a constant problem. I’m not sure if this is due to our asstastic smooth top electric stove or if it is just the nature of the beast. I think some foam control might be in order. Other folks seem to love the stuff.
It did seem to start to fade (bubble activity) after 18hrs, next time need to get it into the fermenter before that.
Lag time: 2hrs. That’s right bitches.
I just returned from the not so local HBS Midwest Supplies, dermatologist with a bag of goodies for tomorrow’s brew. I’m a fan of their store – more than Northernbrewer – larger and they ship their mail-order catalog supplies from the same location. It seems they have quite a high turnover – for instance, sales the yeast I got was dated July 14th.
Anyhoo – picked up a 2L Erlenmeyer and oxygenation kit. This will be the first starter and I’m going off of Palmer’s Pitching Calculator. It should be interesting.
BTW – Is this how women feel after hitting a shoe store sale ? If so, healing I think I get it now…
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