Note: This video is a precursor to my video on how to make a yeast starter, which goes into the “why” and the “how” of starters. Check out that one for a step-by-step.
Yeast starters are a great way to improve the quality of your homebrewed beer. While it is almost always a good idea to make a starter, the size of the starter is very important in order to achieve the proper pitching rate for your beer. Starter size is based on a handful on conditions:
- Ale vs. Lager
- Yeast viability
- Batch size
- Original gravity
- Aeration (Oxygen)
You’ll notice in the video that the calculator can spit out some really high numbers for the starter size. I know I don’t have a 6 liter flask lying around, so something of that size is out of the question (for now). You might find yourself in the same situation. Instead of skipping the starter altogether, just make the biggest one you can with the equipment you have (flask, growler, jug, etc.). You’ll still activate the yeast and get them ready for fermentation.
Do you vary the size of your starter? Have you used Mr. Malty before?