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Fermenter's Favorites® Yeast Starter Kit - 2000 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.

  • 2000 ml Erlenmeyer flask
  • Foam stopper
  • 1 pound of DME
  • Complete instructions


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Fermenter's Favorites™ Yeast Starter Kit - 2000 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 homebrewed 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 2000 ml yeast starter kit is preferred for large starters for lagers, strong beers, and 10 gallon batches of homebrew. It features a heat-resistant borosilicate glass flask, which allows you to boil, cool, and ferment the starter wort in the same vessel. Also includes a foam stopper, one pound of DME, and complete instructions.

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

Making Yeast Starters 

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Good enough for me
Seems sturdy enough to me. As long as you treat it like a piece of lab equipment and not a casserole dish, I don't foresee this thing breaking. It's probably smarter to not heat this thing up directly on the stove, seems like people are having problems with the glass becoming too brittle. I think people forget that a gas stove flame burns at over 1000 degrees... not the 212 deg water boils at.
September 14, 2013
Great Piece Of Equipment
An outstanding addition to the brewing tools! Really takes the guessing out of whether the yeast will be sufficient for a big batch of beer. Really performs well with a stir plate when making yeast starters and harvesting/washing yeast from your favorite batch. Pays for itself after a few batches!
December 20, 2013
Yeast Starter
Brewing for 12 years and just did starters with this kit for the last 3 batches. What an incredible difference! Activity within 3 hours and strong activity in the first day....the 3 beers have been some of the best I've made in all the batches I've done. I wish I would have listened to advice years ago.. BUY IT, USE IT!!!
October 10, 2015
Great yeast starter kit
Worked great great quality
March 5, 2016
Great product
As advertised. Worked well. Glad I got the larger one.
October 29, 2013
does what it is supposed too.
bought one of these have used it 8 times now and it has worked like its supposed too. mine came with a rubber bung and a airlock cant stand the rubber bung because when its wet it will not stay in the jar... can u say annoying, i am about to order one of the foam stoppers.
May 17, 2010
Great Value
Does what starter Yeasts are supposed to do. Especially when used in conjunction with a stir plate! Great buy!
December 5, 2013
just what I wanted
Everything you need to start a starter.
February 6, 2011
Plenty Big
Great Product! Save yourself the headache of being to small. Buy the larger one!
November 1, 2013
I have now made 3 starters, including one double, since purchasing and this kit works great. I do all my heating and cooling in a small pot and strictly use this for fermentation of the starter, without a stir plate. Definitely worth the small investment to not have to buy multiple yeast packs and to dramatically shorten lag times.
September 24, 2013
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if I brew a 1.080-1.103 og brew how much yeast starter would I need for a 5 gallon batch or is there a calculator I can use ive never made a yeast starter ?
james K on Aug 31, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I use 1 quart of starter for a 5 gallon batch
Is this a flat bottom flask that can be used with a stir plate?
A shopper on Apr 14, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Sure is! Will give you a better pitching rate than just swirling. Also you can overbuild a starter and keep the yeast going for your next batch!
does it matter what yeast you use for the starter kit?
My beer let comes with dry yeast can I use that?
A shopper on Jan 5, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Almost any liquid yeast will benefit from a starter. I would avoid a starter for yeast blends as the different components can reproduce at different rates. I've never done a starter for dry yeast as the packets are nice and stable and cheap. For dry yeast just rehydrate and pitch. Starters are great otherwise and can really step up your brew.
The video shows the use of a funnel, what size funnel is recommended and do you sell them?
David C on Sep 26, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I would recommend a 4.5" Funnel

and we do have them available on our website: http://www.northernbrewer.com/shop/4-5-funnel.
I have never made a starter I need to know how much extract to water I need if og is around 1.080 or1.103?
james K on Aug 30, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The DME extract to water ratio is always the same, regardless of OG, and instructions are included in the kit. The only variable is how big of a starter you need for the OG at hand. With such a high gravity beer, you should use a 2 to 3 liter starter volume, which should be churning away by the time you pitch to ensure rapid and complete fermentation.

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