Propper Starter™ Canned Wort | Instant Yeast Starter Mix

Propper Starter™ Canned Wort | Instant Yeast Starter Mix

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  • Make a yeast starter in no time flat using premade, condensed wort—just mix with water and add yeast!
  • Skip the messy, time-consuming process of making a yeast starter with DME—no boiling or cooling required
  • Keep Propper Starter™ on hand for whenever brewing inspiration strikes—shelf stable for 2 years with no need to refrigerate

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!

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*

Recommended Use:

  • 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 24 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. For recommended stir plates and Erlenmeyer flasks, see below under "You Might Also Need".
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I need a starter and this works pretty good!
Rachael R on Feb 24, 2023
I have used before
Mark on Feb 18, 2023
I need a starter and this works pretty good!
Rachael R on Feb 24, 2023
It's just too easy to use
William S on Feb 23, 2023
I have used before
Mark on Feb 18, 2023
Ease of use
Robert C on Feb 10, 2023
Only had one left
Valued C on Feb 8, 2023
Never used one before
Terrance D on Feb 7, 2023
Never used it. Now I won't have to make a starter
David Fullen on Feb 3, 2023
We party
randall b on Feb 3, 2023
Making starters can be a pain. Thought this would be an easier solution.
Ross W on Feb 1, 2023
Convenience and consistency
Kevin Davis on Jan 25, 2023
This stuff is amazing and you never have to worry about measuring or any of that just mix up and go
Mackenzie Carroll D on Jan 21, 2023
Too lazy to prepare DME
Gary G on Jan 17, 2023
I want my beer to be the best it can be.
Harlan on Jan 12, 2023
Need for lager pitch
Jeffrey T T on Jan 11, 2023
it helps me brew beer
Zachary C on Jan 10, 2023
Tired of making my own wart
jim on Jan 10, 2023
Easy and it works.
Jeff Soule on Jan 7, 2023
good starters
Michael B on Jan 5, 2023
yeast starters
Matthew T on Dec 30, 2022
Trying for the first time!
Blake Umphress on Dec 28, 2022
Decent price
Matt W on Dec 23, 2022
I'm too lazy to mix up a starter with DME
Steve V on Dec 23, 2022
I like to party
randall b on Dec 23, 2022
More efficient way to make yeast starter
Anonymous S on Dec 22, 2022
Aaron K on Dec 21, 2022
Want to learn brewing.
Valued C on Dec 17, 2022
MICHAEL C on Dec 17, 2022
up my game
Jeff on Dec 17, 2022
For yeast starter using collected yeast
Daniel Kruse on Dec 7, 2022
Valued C on Dec 2, 2022
Because it works
John W on Dec 1, 2022
Perfect for making starters
garrett shuck on Nov 28, 2022
Better beer
Logan Patrick on Nov 24, 2022
makes life easier!
Bryan C on Nov 18, 2022
interested in trying it out
Bob on Nov 17, 2022
Convenient and easy to use for starters
Brian L C on Nov 16, 2022
Refreshing thirst quencher
Paul M on Nov 16, 2022
Someday somebody’s gonna make you wanna turn around and say goodbye
randall b on Nov 10, 2022
The yeast can crush a can too!
Michael O on Nov 9, 2022
John S on Nov 7, 2022
Jacob Y on Nov 5, 2022
it works
L P K on Oct 31, 2022
Build a vitality starter for a DIPA yeast
Robert F G on Oct 31, 2022
Something new
Tom Morris J on Oct 28, 2022
Easy, convenient way to make starters.
Tim Rumbolz on Oct 27, 2022
um lazy and don't want to make a starter
Francisco C on Oct 27, 2022
Try it out
Conrad a b on Oct 25, 2022
I like quick starts and I cannot lie ....
Sean O on Oct 22, 2022
Ease of making starters
Joseph Dauria on Oct 6, 2022
Because I'm too lazy to make my own starter
Rell Ambrose on Oct 6, 2022
It's just too easy to use
William S on Feb 23, 2023
Ease of use
Robert C on Feb 10, 2023
Do I no longer have to add yeast nutrient at the end of my boil?
Michael Kauder on Jan 4, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Was wondering the same, but will continue to add 1/2 tsp anyway since yeast nutrient is so cheap. Can't hurt.
Can I get away with doing a 2 liter starter in a 2 liter flask since there is no boil? I use a stir plate
Edward Bell on Sep 25, 2019
BEST ANSWER: I started with one 16oz can Propper and 16oz RO water - After 24 hrs I added one more can 16oz Propper and only 8oz of water (this put the SG back to around 1.040 with existing solution). I used a stir plate with FermCap drops so the krausen wouldn't creep out the top of the 2L Erlenmeyer flask into my air lock. I had extremely healthy, proliferate, active yeast after 48 hrs from one Whitelabs Yeast pouch.
One can is 16 oz, and the instructions on this page suggest adding 16 oz of water, which would make 32 oz total. This is equal to a quart, not a liter as stated, right?
AJ T on Apr 18, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Yes but a quart and a liter are pretty close (enough), especially when compared to the "usual" 5-gallon homebrew batch.
Do you need to use fermaid k or any yeast nutrient to the starter with this?
Chris Burger on Mar 20, 2019
BEST ANSWER: No just add 16 oz of distilled water and your yeast and you are good to go. You will need to mix on a stir plate in a flask with the top covered in foil for 24 hours so plan ahead.
Is this can the proper amount to use (with the 16 oz of water added) for a 5 gallon batch of beer?
Ronald J. Colombo on Jun 19, 2023
BEST ANSWER: Yes. That is correct. I add one can into my 2L erlinmeyer flask then fill the can with clean (RO/distilled/spring) water and pour that into the flask too. This method will rinse out the can at the same time.
How many cans for a 2 gallon fermenter?
Cory Thomas on Jan 27, 2020
BEST ANSWER: one half would seem right to me for ales. i'd consider freezing the other half for your next batch to keep it out of harm's way. i haven't tried this myself as i brew five gallons and use a full can.
Is there anything problem using this in lower gravity than 1.060 og ?
Ernie on Sep 1, 2022
BEST ANSWER: I suppose it depends on what you mean. Making a yeast starter for beer lower than 1.060 OG? If so, yeast starters are still essential in my opinion. Yeast need love and a healthy pitch will give you a hearty beer. Of course that’s removing any other variables/factors that a brewer may desire regarding yeast and it’s characteristics at certain pitch rates. Relax, don’t worry, pitch using a starter, and have a much better homebrew
Do I have to use sterilized/boiled water for the 16oz of added volume??
Jeremy Reed on Jan 4, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Bottled water is an easy source of clean product.
Why does this product have a P65 warning from California?
Nathaniel Whalen on Jun 2, 2021
BEST ANSWER: The materials used on the label forces us to add a prop 65 warning. There is nothing touching your beer that is subject to the prop 65 restrictions.

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Rated 5 out of 5
Easy to make a starter
Makes it super easy to make a yeast starter. I will definitely be using this in the future for all my starters.
March 1, 2023
1 year ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Did what it said
expensive and I usually sparge some additional wart when doing lighter beers and freeze it for future starters, but in a pinch just pop it open and you are good to go!!!
January 7, 2023
1 year ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Worth it for extra ordinary styles
Easy to use and great for a small boost to any beer you make
December 15, 2022
1 year ago
Rated 5 out of 5
I just used this product for the first time, works great!!
December 14, 2022
1 year ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Makes a Great Starter!
Really easy way to make a yeast starter! Product seems high quality and my yeast (WL London Ale) was very happy with it. ;-) I ended up with about 1/4" of yeast sediment in the Erlenmeyer flask after about 40 hours! Definitely recommend.
November 21, 2022
1 year ago
Rated 5 out of 5
easiest starter ever
Propper makes doing a yeast starter easy and clean. No more mess with DME. Try it!
September 30, 2022
1 year ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Yeast on steroids
Used it with my last 2 higher gravity beers ( a juicy IPA and a hazy). Bubbled like crazy starting on brew night and had to use a blow off tube on both batches.
September 28, 2022
1 year ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Starter for Octoberfest
I have never had it so easy. This product is a small batch brewer's friend. I just followed product instructions to the letter and it worked. No more calculating starters for 5 gallon batches for me. Thank you More Beer for this recommendation.
August 24, 2022
1 year ago
Rated 5 out of 5
No more hour long starters.
Only used it once so far but super easy and the beer taste great.
August 8, 2022
1 year ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Super convenient
Even though I have everything I need to make my own starters (DME, etc.) it is noce not to have to mess around with extra steps on some brew days!
April 18, 2022
over 2 years ago