Sunday, January 1, 2012

The Easy Way to Make a Yeast Starter

A yeast starter is a great tool to have in the homebrewers arsenal. Before I started using them my fermentations would stall or worse, sometimes they would stop completely. A yeast starter is what it sounds like, it is a sanitary environment for your yeast to begin reproducing, digesting nutrients and creating enzymes specifically for the malt you will be brewing with. Yeast starters greatly reduce the chance of infection as the size of the colony can keep other infections from taking over. They also help reduce "off" flavors associated with slow yeast reproduction rates, commonly from under-pitching yeast. Basically, yeast starters are in my opinion one of the best ways to ensure that quality going in will lead to quality going out. Here is how you make a yeast starter the easy way:

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