A yeast starter, or small batch of beer designed to promote yeast cell growth and multiplication, is a great way to improve the quality of your homebrew. Creating a yeast starter can seem a bit daunting at first, especially when you start talking about pitch rates in millions of cells / mL / ºPlato. We’ve broken down the process for you step-by-step to make your first yeast starter a success. Once you realize how simple it can be, and taste the difference in your beer, you’ll never go back.
Step-by-step: Planning a Yeast Starter
Before you do a yeast starter you should have an idea of how much yeast you need to pitch. In our post on Planning a Yeast Starter, you will learn how to determine how much yeast you’re starting with and how much you need for your particular batch of beer. We show you how to determine the number of steps you need, and just how big each step should be, in order to hit your target pitch rate.
Step-by-step: Making a Yeast Starter
This is where the rubber hits the road. In our post on Making a Yeast Starter we turn your plan into a reality. At the end of this guide you will hold the key to robust fermentation, reduced off-flavors, and a well cared-for batch of homebrew.
Yeast Starter Examples
Some people just learn by example. While many people follow the same recipe for every starter, the post on Planning a Yeast Starter for a simple medium-gravity ale gives a practical example of how planning your starter can assure that you have enough yeast to pitch at an optimal rate for your beer. Just remember: an optimal pitch rate will make for a better beer. If you learn by example, then check out the post on Planning a Yeast Starter for a simple medium-gravity ale.
More Links about Yeast Starters
- Brewer’s Friend Yeast Pitch Rate & Starter Calculator
- Mr. Malty Yeast Tools
- Braukaiser.com Yeast Information
- Wyeast Technical Information for Homebrewers
- White Labs Homebrew Starter Tips