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Joe DiBenedetti
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Username: Docwino

Post Number: 195
Registered: 01-2005
Posted on Sunday, June 12, 2005 - 07:34 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

When stepping up a starter I find it to be a giant PITA to boil and cool a half liter of wort every time I step up. If I were to make two liters of wort, use what I initally need and frig the rest till needed over the next few days, I believe it should keep. Anything wrong with my thinking here?
 

Dave Witt
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Username: Davew

Post Number: 760
Registered: 03-2003
Posted on Sunday, June 12, 2005 - 11:25 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I've never done this, but some guys will take extra wort from a batch of beer and bottle it or can it hot, in mason jars for later use in starters. If you pressure can it, you don't need to refrigerate it.

Why are you stepping up a starter by only 1/2 liter at a time? Use the 10x rule and pitch a smack pack or WL vial into 2 liters and leave it at that, unless its a lager or extra large batch where you might want to step up one more time. JMHO.
 

ERD
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Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Sunday, June 12, 2005 - 08:13 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

If you don't pressure can the wort, it is safest to boil it near the time of use. I hate doing this, too. I boil the starter wort the night before I want to use it and let it cool covered in the kitchen until I pitch the next morning. So far, I've had no problems with this approach.
 

ELK
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Username: Elkski

Post Number: 1083
Registered: 01-2003
Posted on Monday, June 13, 2005 - 12:14 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I crash cool my wort in the sink with about 25 ice cubes and just enough water to cover the pot bottom. I think you would want to use it sooner than overnight for infection worries. I use starsan on all stuff that touches it and use a wisk to "whip it good".
BE VERY carefull putting a cover on your hot wort!!
I once put the lid on the pot I was crash cooling and it got stuck!!! and I mean stuck..Just sucked on during the cooling. This was just the normal SS cookware everyone uses.. I finally had to heat it up again slowly and when the lid came off it popped up and hit the vent hood and would have hit the ceiling.

(Message edited by elkski on June 13, 2005)
 

robert rulmyr
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Username: Wacobob

Post Number: 594
Registered: 02-2003
Posted on Monday, June 13, 2005 - 03:18 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

It is very easy to save a bit of extra wort after the boil, and 'can' later on. My .02
 

Dave Witt
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Username: Davew

Post Number: 763
Registered: 03-2003
Posted on Tuesday, June 14, 2005 - 02:18 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Speaking of chilling a half gal or so of starter wort, my usual method is to place the covered pot in my basement laundry sink with about 3" of cold water in it. I set 3 large stoppers on the bottom of the sink so they hold the pot up so water can flow under the pot. This is very effective. I cool a half gal of wort in 20 minutes this way.

ELK, my wife's pot lids have a little hole in them to prevent what happened to you.