Counting Yeast Cells

You don’t need to be a biologist to accurately measure the count and viability of your yeast culture. Without sampling and counting your library yeast and starters, you have to rely on estimates and calculators from software which give really rough generalized estimates, but can be far off from reality depending upon the specific yeast strain, or other factors like how it’s been stored. It’s a lot easier to count…

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Making a Yeast Starter Kit

If you brew regularly with liquid yeast, starters are a fact of life. Having a dedicated yeast kit ensures that everything you need to build a starter is in one place and ready to go. This can also be useful when brewing with friends or at different locations so that the yeast kit can be taken easily to another house or location to build the healthy yeast, then transported back…

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Dopplebock Lager Yeast “Kettle” Starter

Unless we are pitching dry yeast, starters are built from a liquid yeast pack we buy from our LHBS or from a vial in our yeast library. Typically this is done a day or two before the brew so that the starter is healthy and at peak activity when pitched and can immediately start chewing through the wort sugars. Coming up in four days is our first lager brew: a…

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