yeast starter from corn sugar?

Fri Sep 15, 2006 1:35 pm

Any opinions about using straight corn sugar (rather than dry malt extract) and yeast nutrient to make a yeast starter?

I have lots of corn sugar lying around from my bottling days, and I always seem to be out of DME, so I'm wondering whether my yeast will be just as happy with corn sugar, or whether the DME contains some stuff that the yeast needs for health.

Thanks in advance for your advice.
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Fri Sep 15, 2006 2:07 pm

Take a look here....

http://www.thebrewingnetwork.com/phpBB2 ... corn+sugar

Short answer is you need to use DME.

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Tue Sep 19, 2006 8:11 pm

[smacking and yelling at self] "Don't be an idiot - do a freaking search before asking a freaking duplicate question!"

Thanks, Travis, for your diplomacy and your answer.

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Thu Sep 21, 2006 4:06 pm

Using wort as a starter is much better (as Kaiser stated in the above cited link) but you can use corn sugar and yeast nutrients. I have a friend that has to grow his yeast that way due to having gluten allergies. I tasted the beers, and while they were definately not barley brews, they didn't seem to have serious off flavors due to yeast. Without gluten allergies, I'd vote that you use the sugar to bump up the gravity of a belgian ale or an Imperial IPA.
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Thu Sep 28, 2006 8:24 pm

wrplace, what does your friend do for his grain? My wife is a celiac and I've been trying to find a US source for malted sorghum or buckwheat. I don't think I want to try malting myself. I know, bringin' it weak... but c'mon, none of y'all want to malt your own grain either.
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Fri Sep 29, 2006 4:09 pm

I want to malt my own grain....
but my wife won't let me... says I have too much other shit to do
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Fri Sep 29, 2006 7:41 pm

bub wrote:I want to malt my own grain....
but my wife won't let me... says I have too much other shit to do
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I heard the clothes dryer is great for kilning the malt.

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Fri Sep 29, 2006 9:21 pm

I heard the clothes dryer is great for kilning the malt.

I would be SOOOOOO dead if I even thought about it.
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