Starter from batch's wort?

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  1. Blackmuse

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    Curious if:

    Anyone ever make a batch of wort - say 5 gallons and then pulled a liter or two of that wort to use as a starter overnight for that batch?

    So, while the wort sits overnight to cool, a part of that wort is working on making the starter to be pitched in the am - say 8-12 hours later?
     
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    Not specifically that way, but I use leftover wort for starters all the time.
     
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    I need to start doing this!
     
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    Sometimes I'll intentionally make a larger batch and then leave 6-10L of wort in the mash tun and boil that separately without hops. Then I freeze it in 1L plastic bottles.
     
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    yes I posted this in another thread
     
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    Oh, cool. Can you link it? I tried sorting through threads in the search here but mainly cane up with starter questions dealing with size and issues.
     
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    Suits no chill brewing beautifully , I have frozen excess as well and since my ferments nearly always are strong , clean and consistent it seems to be working very well
     
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    Not a bad idea beats paying 12$ kg for DME! But im a lazy ass :cool:
     
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    I've done it both ways depending on what I have available.
     
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    it's the same wort you'll be fermenting with, it's actually better than dme just a little more work
     
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    Im using this method with a no chill brew i did a few days ago. I pinched 1lt of wort fermented then decanted that now stepped it up again with 2.5lt of fresh cubed wort will add this starter back tomorrow arvo.
     
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    A couple years ago a local brew pub made a starter out of their pre-boil wort. I thought that was a great idea till I realized that you're throwing yeast into non-sanitized (not boiled) wort.
     
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    Viable if they have a colony of yeast and bacteria, think a sourdough starter. No good for single-strains.
     
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    I always boil for at least 15 minutes before taking some for a starter, timing is everything too easy to forget
     
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    I just boil mine separately afterward. Dirties another pot but I don't have to keep track then.
     
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    Yes all mine are in flasks ive got a 1lt and 3 lt so start in 1lt crash decant then pitch this into 3lt flask and let her Go!
     

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