Yeast Starter Instructions

 2017-07-21 10:31 AM by

This is all about re-activating the yeast from a bottle of special beer that may be needed to make a particular recipe. The beer will not taste right if you use a regular homebrew yeast. The yeast starter needs to be made about 24 Hours before you intend to start your beer.


  • A bottle of fermented beer
  • any good commercial beer that has a sediment at the bottom of the bottle can be used. You must use the particular beer mentioned in the recipe that you desire to make.
  • Some light dried malt extract.
  • It is useful to buy 500g of malt and keep it in an airtight container for this purpose.
  • You will also need a "Starter Bottle."
  • Find a bottle of about 500ml to 1L in size.
  • Fit a rubber bung with a hole for an airlock in the neck. Put an airlock in the hole.



  • Sterilize the starter bottle bung and airlock.
  • Open the beer that you bought of choice and pour into a glass. In doing so, make sure that you don't disturb the sediment at the bottom of the bottle. Leave some beer and all the sedimnent in the bottle.
  • Enjoy the beer while you are making your yeast starter.
  • Make a 10% solution of malt and water (1 part malt and 10 parts water). Approximate measurements will do.
  • Bring this to a boil and then let it cool down to room temperature.