Propper Starter™ is condensed wort in a can, allowing you to make a yeast starter in minutes! No need to make a mess in the kitchen measuring out DME, and no need to waste time boiling and cooling before you pitch your yeast. Simply open a can of Propper Starter™, pour it into your flask along with 16 oz of bottled or distilled water, then add your yeast. It's that simple!
Comes in 4-packs. One can of Propper Starter™ with 16 oz of water will make a 1L starter with a gravity of 1.040. It is recommended to use the 1:1 dilution rate, regardless of the original gravity of your wort.
Making a proper yeast starter will offer higher cell counts at the time the yeast is pitched, leading to faster, healthier fermentations and better tasting beer! They're especially recommended for lagers and any beer that has an original gravity of 1.060 or higher.
- Sanitize flask, stir bar, top of can and yeast pack
- Swirl and open can, then pour contents into flask
- Add 16 oz of bottled or distilled water to flask
- Pitch yeast and swirl flask to mix
- Add stir bar to flask, cover with foil, and mix on stir plate*
- For high gravity beers (1.060 OG or higher)
- For cold pitching lagers
- For yeast packs that recommend a starter
- For yeast packs nearing expiration
Ingredients: water, barley malt extract, yeast nutrient
Shelf life of 12 months. Refrigeration not required.
*Note: the use of a stir plate is not required for making a yeast starter, but is highly recommended, as it will further increase cell count through continuous aeration
How do I use Propper Starter?
Will using Propper Starter change the flavor of my beer?
If you are pitching into at least 5 gallons of wort, you will not have any changes to the flavor of your beer. At this level, the dilution ratio will be about 1:20.
Is Propper Starter OK to use with all beer styles? What about brewing a cider or a mead?
Propper Starter is OK to pitch into any wort for beer, cider, or mead. For a 5 gallon batch, you're looking at a 1:20 dilution. If you are still concerned, you can let the starter cold crash and decant the spent wort. Keep in mind that Propper Starter is made with malt extract. Consequently, a cider or mead pitched with yeast from a Propper Starter will not be gluten free if that is important to you.
Do I need to add water to the can to dilute the contents on the bottom of the can?
Adding 16oz of water to the condensed wort in the can allows for 1.040 gravity yeast starter. We recommend using the empty can to not only measure 16oz of pure water but also to ensure that all the contents of the can get rinsed out.
For high gravity brews, do I need to adjust the amount of water so that it matches the specific gravity of the beer I’m brewing?
No - dilute by cutting with an equal volume of water. The amount of yeast generated in a starter is linked to the extract. For example, if you added less than a can of water to yield 1.060 gravity, in theory, you'd still end up with the same amount of new cells. This relationship starts to break down as you get higher. If you don’t dilute the wort, the osmotic pressure caused by such a high concentration of sugar can cause stress to the cells. And when the yeast ferment it out, the high alcohol content can also cause problems. For maximum cell count and health, we recommend a 1:1 dilution of Propper Starter to water.
Is a stir plate required to use Propper Starter?
A stir plate is not required for making a yeast starter, but is highly recommended, as it will further increase cell count through continuous aeration.
What type of water can I use to dilute Propper Starter?
Bottled water, purified water, distilled water, or (cooled down) boiled tap water all work well.
What is the shelf life of Propper Starter?
Twelve (12) months from date of manufacture which is noted on the bottom of the can.
How should Propper Starter cans be stored? Do they need temperature control?
Propper Starter cans should be stored at room temperature to guarantee the longest shelf life.
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