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Fermenter's Favorites® Yeast Starter Kit - 1000 ml


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A yeast starter is one of the easiest and most dramatic ways to improve the quality of your homebrewed beer. A single pack of yeast often does not contain enough cells to ferment a beer properly - especially higher-gravity beers and lagers. Use this yeast starter kit to grow your yeast cell count to the proper pitch rate. Achieve the ideal attenuation in your brews.

  • 1000 mL Erlenmeyer flask
  • Foam stopper
  • 1 pound of DME
  • Complete instructions

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Fermenter's Favorites™ Yeast Starter Kit - 1000 ml

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Propagating a single pack of yeast using our yeast starter kit exponentially increases the number of cells you pitch. With a higher pitching rate, you will see a shorter lag phase, lower amounts fermentation-related off-flavors, and less incidence of bacterial contamination in your beer.

Preparing a yeast starter is easy - you mix a very small batch of malt extract wort (without hops), briefly boil and chill it, then ferment it in a flask a day or two before brewing the main batch. The yeast cells from a single pack of yeast will reproduce in the starter, increasing in number from a few dozen billion cells to hundreds of billions.

The 1000 ml yeast starter kit is a great general-purpose size for five gallon batches. It features a heat-resistant borosilicate glass flask, a foam stopper, one pound of DME, and complete instructions.

This kit works great with either our Maelstrom™ programmable stir plate.

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Great starter!
I didn't use starters when I first started brewing, but after learning that while using dry yeast, starters are not necessarily needed, when using liquid yeast they are almost always needed! Starters greatly increase the amount of yeast cells, vitality, and yeast strength I recommend making your starter a least 48 hours before brew day. It's also recommended to make a starter with the same or similar malt, pitch your starter at the peak of activity, if it finishes before brew day put in fridge and feed fresh wort on brew day before pitching.
September 26, 2015
bubble bubble bubble
First time using a yeast starter, and wow... Absolutely ferocious fermentation! I will definitely use a yeast starter for my brews from now on.
April 26, 2010
a must have
First time using yeast starter and makes a 200% difference. Faster and more vigorous fermentation. Only complaint now that I have been checking things out is size...because 2L is really the one to spend a few extra bucks for now that I'm looking at it for few bigger brews. Otherwise great kit and easy instructions to follow. Will never not use a starter again.
December 20, 2011
Works as Advertised
Got one of these after much trepidation. Turns out very simple and effective. Really see the differance in the higher ABV brews. I agree you should probably buy the 2000 ml version right off the bat.
August 25, 2013
Just What I Needed
Used this for the 1st time to make a starter for an Abbey Dubbel, and it was exactly what I need and expected. Good quality and decent price. Only wish that it would've come with a few more foam stoppers.
April 23, 2016
starter kit
Great buy
November 20, 2015
Fermenter's Favorites™ Yeast Starter Kit - 1000 ml
This shit was goood! Hand to put in a blow off hose because it was so active.
June 1, 2016
It's all about the yeast
A must have if you are going to be brewing GREAT beer!!
October 25, 2013
my yeast is good
After I had some yeast that was no good and had to throw out a 5 gall batch, I picked up this money saver. Its nice to see the air lock bubbling just before I pich my yeast! Plus the yeast is active and multiplying by this time. Cant go wrong.
March 4, 2010
A great starter starter kit
Don't be fooled, brewing beer is all about the yeast! This is an exceptional starter kit. After using this for the past 5 or 6 batches to make starters for even the lowest gravity beers in my closet, all the fermentations have been solid, quick to become active, and never fail to get the job done. I would suggest spending the few extra bones on the 2000ml version. I ended up buying the larger flask from my LHBS for $28 alone! You can always build a smaller (500-800mL) starter in the larger flask. Don't forget to buy the stir bars. Build your own stir plate and you're off to some happy yeast for making better beer.
April 19, 2012
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Does this include a yeast packet?
A shopper on Jan 14, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yeast is not included. You will use the yeast for a particular recipe in the starter and then use the starter to ferment your beer.
I slapped my package of liquid yeast yesterday. The package has risen like a balloon, a good sign. When I went to boil the water i found that i did not order a pack of DME for the starter. A local craft beer shop won't be open so that I can get a 1lb pack of dme for another 2 days due to the holiday weekend. Can the smacked pack of yeast be kept in the pack for another 2 days or should I get another pack of yeast and start over. Can I use some of the the liquid extract that came with the kit for the starter. Help?
T O on Jul 3, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The yeast will be fine, just put it back in the fridge and it will go dormant again. When you have what you need, take it out of the fridge and let it slowly rise to room temp, and put it in your cooled starter wort. It's fine to activate a Wyeast and place it back in the fridge after it has swelled up, it does no harm. It will be fine for days or even weeks, with no issues. Just be sure to let it slowly climb to room temp before pitching it into a starter or into your cooled wort. A person surely can make a starter from liquid malt extract in the same way as with DME, but DME is easier to work with and measure. If you take malt from the kit to make a starter, it is taking away from the kit's fermentable sugars, lowering the ABV by a tiny bit. -Mike W, Northern Brewer
Is a yeast starter needed when using dry yeast?
W H on Jan 26, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Hello Bill,

Thank you for choosing Northern Brewer! A yeast starter is not completely necessary unless you are making a beer that has a starting gravity of about 1.060 or above. This is the case with both live/wet yeast and dry yeast. The purpose is to increase your cell count so that you don't stress your yeast colony. Another option is to simply pitch two packs of dry yeast, maybe even 3 if its a really big beer. I hope that this helps, have a great day!
Im willing to purchase the yeast starter kit, but do I need the stir plate? IS it a necessity?
M R on Dec 6, 2015
BEST ANSWER: A stir plate isn't required but you can get up to 1.5 times the yeast cell growth with a stir plate vs. without one in the same time period.
How do you know how much yeast to pitch after the incubation period?
PETER P on Sep 24, 2015
BEST ANSWER: We want as much yeast in the beer as possible

more is always better than too little

so add all the yeast you get from the starter. If you put it in the fridge

the yeast will all settle at the bottom. Decant the spent liquid and swirl the yeast cake back into suspension and pour right into the wort. The technical answer involves either the best guess of a starter calculator that lets you know how much yeast you should have...but the only way to know for sure is to use a microscope and a cell counting chamber called a hemacytometer

to physically count how much yeast is present

though that is not necessary to the hobbyist. To make great beer

make a starter by this rough estimate:

500mls any and every beer

1000mls above 1.060 gravity

1500 mls above 1.075 gravity

2000ml above 1.090 gravity

This is of course assuming only fresh

unstressed yeast.

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