10/03/07 02:54 PM
All grain starter
I'm planning a high gravity (1.100) belgian brew soon. I have one Wyeast1214 propagator pack and no malt extract. So, I need to culture up in a big starter before brewing with it with something like 4 liters of 1.050 wort.
I'm thinking, I could split brewday into 'starter'-day and brewday. On starter day, I take 800 grams and mash in a small pot to extract 4 liters of starter wort, pitch the yeast and aerate. Then let the yeast multiply in that wort (in a 30 liter bucket)
Then, the next day is brewday, where I mash the remaining malts, and extract 4 liters less than i normally would, boil it, hop it, and pitch on top of the starter.
My questions are
1. Would that process work or could there be drawbacks
2. I should probably aerate well when I pitch on top of the starter wort or is it a bad idea?
10/06/07 11:51 AM
Re: All grain starter
Yearh, it's a little more work than doing a normal 4L starter, but I'm not planning on boiling for an hour - more like 15-20 minutes. Since the grain bill is taken out of the grainbill from the original brew I'm not 'thinning' the beer with the starter not tossing out 4 liters of wort.
What about aerating when I pitch on top of the 4 liter starter. Should I do that as well?