Yeast starter for weekend brew session

It looks like the centennial hops have reached there peak, so it’s time for a brew session on Saturday. After quickly hashing out an IPA recipe with JRR (recipe and brew session to be posted later.) I made a quick trip to my favorite local homebrew shop to get all the grains for the brew and some light DME for the yeast starter.

My mixing ratio for the yeast starter was 2 oz (by weight) light DME to 16 fluid oz of water. I put the mix on the stove and brought it to a boil, letting it boil for 15 mins. I then cleared out my ice maker of all the old ice, dumping it in the kitchen sink. Putting the pot on the ice pile to cool it all down to room temperature. Keep in mind that the separated yeast that I am using has been sitting in a growler in the back of my fridge since St. Patty’s this year. So hopefully this starter will get the yeast alive and kicking again.

As kind of a side note, it’s amazing how cheap a brew session can get when you don’t have to get hops or yeast. All the grains for this weekends 5.5 gallon brew session ran $17.23 (not including tax.) That’s nuts, when you consider that it costs ~$18 for 4 oz of dried hops and a vile of White Labs yeast. No wonder a lot of guy/gals are now starting to grow their own hops and reusing yeast. The money saving is just undeniable.

2 comments on “Yeast starter for weekend brew session

  • I’ll let you know what happens. Personally I’m surprised that I was able to salvage the yeast after it had been sitting in the fridge for 4 months. It probably helped the situation that I took my time decanting the yeast, back when I collected it at St. Patty’s. I must have given it at least two or three rinses in spring water to remove all the trub back during St. Patty’s.

  • you’ll have to let me know what you think of the end result. Supa was noting some “leftover” flavors in some of the yeast we have reused, and I will go about trying to pinpoint it’s origin, since it could be a number of things…

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