Post Number: 2
Posted From: 22.214.171.124
|Posted on Thursday, July 07, 2011 - 04:32 pm: ||
I'm resurrecting my brewing hobby after a decade-long hiatus.
I smacked the WYeast 1945 packet last night, with plans to pitch it to a starter tomorrow evening, and then pitch the resulting starter to an English ale extract (Northern Brewer's Innkeeper kit) Sunday sometime. One thing I seem to have gotten rid of in the past 10 years was a large glass wine jug that I used for starters.
I can't seem to find a similar vessel around the house. I'm considering doing the starter (1.5 or 2 liter) in my fermenter (7 gallon bucket with airlock). When my wort has chilled on Sunday, I'm thinking that I could pour off the liquid from the starter, leaving a small yeast cake behind, and rack from the brew kettle onto the yeast cake.
Has anyone done this before? Are there any risks associated with doing a relatively small starter in such a relatively large container?
Any input is greatly appreciated.
Post Number: 499
Posted From: 126.96.36.199
|Posted on Friday, July 08, 2011 - 08:21 pm: ||
I recall a guy on another forum who used a large glass vase from Walmart. I think he paid $5 or so for it. Or buy a jug of wine and transfer it to something else (like a stomach). I don't see a problem keeping your starter in the bucket other than the large surface area you have to sanitize. Also the volume of air above the wort is large and not sterile. I think a healthy yeast population counteracts those risks though.
Post Number: 1240
Posted From: 188.8.131.52
|Posted on Saturday, July 09, 2011 - 03:23 am: ||
And don't use an airlock, the yeast need oxygen which will diffuse into the container if you cover it with a baggy or aluminum foil.
Post Number: 3
Posted From: 184.108.40.206
|Posted on Wednesday, July 13, 2011 - 11:28 am: ||
I ended up using a tall rose vase that was left over from St. Valentine's day. I pitched lots of happy little yeasties into the wort on Sunday morning that was producing a vigorous fermentation by late Sunday night. I hope to reuse the yeast for another batch on bottling day.
Post Number: 13079
Posted From: 220.127.116.11
|Posted on Wednesday, July 13, 2011 - 12:21 pm: ||
Growlers make reasonably good containers for starters, although in a pinch making the starter in the fermenter should not result in problems.
Post Number: 7597
Posted From: 18.104.22.168
|Posted on Wednesday, July 13, 2011 - 04:22 pm: ||
I use a gal. glass jug that apple juice came in.
Post Number: 259
Posted From: 22.214.171.124
|Posted on Saturday, July 16, 2011 - 02:51 pm: ||
If your town does curbside recycling like mine you can probably find a suitable jug within a few blocks of your house.
Just around the corner from where I live is a house that drinks a lot of good beer and I can get all the bottles I need really easy.
Post Number: 168
Posted From: 126.96.36.199
|Posted on Saturday, July 16, 2011 - 04:37 pm: ||
I use a flask. Boil the wort in the flask. Cool it. pitch the starter.
Post Number: 69
Posted From: 188.8.131.52
|Posted on Monday, July 18, 2011 - 02:20 pm: ||
I use a one gallon Tupperware pitcher with a three piece push button seal. It has a flat bottom so I can use it on my stir plate. I sanitize it by filling it with boiling water and letting it sit for a few minutes. When it comes off of the stir plate, I put on the seal and pop it in the fridge.
Post Number: 1631
Posted From: 184.108.40.206
|Posted on Monday, July 18, 2011 - 03:45 pm: ||
all the above and several other options can be found for cheap at yard/tag sales.