Yeast Starter

By David A. Gerling

Start with a 1-quart canning jar. There are ml on one side and oz on the other side. Use one starter per each 5 gallons of juice or grape must.

  1. Add 100 ml of 90-100° F bottled water to the jar.
  2. Dissolve 5 g of Go-Ferm yeast nutrient in the water.
  3. Stir in one package of yeast.
  4. Rehydrate the yeast for 15 minutes.
  5. Add 400 ml of room temperature bottled water.
  6. Add ¼ cup corn sugar to the jar.
  7. Add a pinch of Fermaid-K yeast nutrient to the jar.
  8. Let the yeast ferment 4-5 hours (you should see bubbles after 4-5 hours).
  9. Add the starter to the juice or grape must.