Many Yeast manufactures recommencement you make a Yeast Starter instead of adding Dry yeast directly to your Wash.
So Why make a yeast starter? Can’t I just dump the yeast directly into the wash ?
Making a Yeast starter will ensure the yeast is alive and will guarantee an accelerated fermentation which will stop wild bacteria from contaminating your wash and altering the flavor of your final product. Yeast Starters also allow yeast to multiply lowering the chance of stuck fermentation. If your looking for a great tasting bottle of Moonshine I’d suggest you make this simple Yeast Starter.
When making a Yeast starter you should always make it from the same ingredients as your mash is made from. Follow the same steps as if you were to make your mash just on a smaller scale. For example:
Sugar Wash Starter
What You’ll Need :
- Warm water
- Measuring Cup
- Stir Spoon
4 Step’s To Make a Yeast Starter For Sugar Wash
Step 1 – Add one cup of warm water to a sterilised bowl
Step 2 – Add 5 g packet of yeast to bowl and let sit for 10 min
Step 3 – After 10 min Add one teaspoons of sugar and stir gently
Step 4 -Cover with saran wrap and store in warm place 70 -80 F ( 20 C) for a 24 hrs
After 24 hr add it to your wash and seal the top up with an Airlock.
If you’re making a mash from grain or corn you’ll want to take a slightly different approach to making the starter. The video below demonstrates making a starter for a beer or whiskey it’s a few more steps but same concept !
Frequently Asked Questions
Should I always use starters?
Some Yeast manufacture recommend it and some do not. I find generally with the cheaper yeast you need to make a Yeast Starter.
Should I use a starter with dry yeast?
It’s probably less work to just purchase 11 gm packs of
dry yeast or two of the 5 gm packs. The dry yeast tends to have enough yeast cells for the average batch of home brew.