Yeast Starter

Start yeast 1-5 days prior to brewing in a sanitized 1/2 gallon jug.

  • “Pop” the smack pack and let balloon for 4+ hours.
  • Bring 3 pints of water to boil for 5-10 minutes.
  • Add 1 1/2 cups of light DME and stir well.
  • Bring back to boil, reduce heat for slow boil for 5 or so minutes.
  • Shut off heat, cover and cool to room temp.
  • Sanitize jug and funnel.
  • Add wort and pitch yeast.
  • Shake vigorously and add stopper with airlock.

An option to using straight pale malt extract is to use a yeast starter made of a mix of 1 pound of light DME, .5 gram of Go-Ferm, and 1 oz yeast hulls. These additional ingredients aid in yeast health.


Editor’s note- I now have a stir plate with a large Erlenmeyer flask, and I’m doing a yeast starter for 20g, not the 5g above. However, the process is much the same, just larger volumes. I can’t remember the last time I’ve used the above yeast nutrients, unless it was for a mead.

-Huck, March 19, 2021

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