Deluxe Yeast Starter Kit - 2000 mL

Deluxe Yeast Starter Kit - 2000 mL

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The Deluxe Yeast Starter Kit will have you making top shelf yeast starters right out of the box. Yeast starters offer higher cell counts at the time the yeast is pitched, leading to faster, healthier fermentations and better tasting beer! Any beer will benefit from a yeast starter, but they're especially recommended for high gravity beers and cold fermenting lagers.

This kit includes step-by-step instructions for making a 2L starter, as well as some fantastic upgrades that set it apart from our standard Y320 starter kit. Once you've prepared the starter, sanitize and drop in the stir bar, install the foam stopper, and place the flask on the magnetic stir plate. Turn the dial up until a shallow vortex forms.

Magnetic Stir Plate
A stir plate will greatly improve the quality of your yeast starter by providing continuous aeration. Yeast need oxygen to produce sterols and multiply. When all the available oxygen is used up the yeast will stop reproducing. Using a stir plate will ensure that your yeast have all the oxygen they could ever want and they'll be able to reproduce as much as possible.

Foam Stopper
Many yeast starter kits include a rubber stopper and airlock, but we believe a foam stopper is the clear choice. The foam stopper will allow air to flow freely into your flask while keeping pesky bugs and other contaminants out. Simply spray or dunk the stopper in sanitizer before installing it. If you're going to store the starter for a couple days after its finished, remove the foam stopper and cover the flask with sanitized aluminum foil.

Foam Axe
Foam Axe from CellarScience® is a uniquely formulated anti-foaming agent which reduces surface tension so bubbles are Axed before they can form.  Foam Axe can be used in the kettle to help prevent boil-overs and works great in your fermenter or starter flask to reduce Krausen—stopping your viable yeast from fermenting out the top of your vessel. Just one drop in your flask is all you need.

Flask Marker
This wax pencil is used for writing on glass surfaces and washes off easily. Great for labeling and writing notes on your yeast starter.

Kit Includes:

  • 2000 mL Erlenmeyer flask (student grade)
  • Magnetic Stir Plate (stir bar included)
  • Foam Stopper
  • 1/2 lb Dried Malt Extract
  • 1 oz Fermaid K yeast nutrient
  • 1 oz Foam Axe foam control
  • Flask Marker wax pencil

In the lab world, these flasks are known as "Student Grade". A great flask for making yeast starters! (Student grade is not the highest grade flasks and will have minor defects)

Item # Y330
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Weight 5 LBS

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Long time dream to have a healthy starter for all of my brews. Very excited to get started!
Tracy P on Feb 4, 2023
I want to be able to make a starter
William M on Jan 5, 2023
Long time dream to have a healthy starter for all of my brews. Very excited to get started!
Tracy P on Feb 4, 2023
To help with yeast production for my brew.
Scott H on Jan 5, 2023
I want to be able to make a starter
William M on Jan 5, 2023
Going to make yeast starters
VERONICA G. on Dec 20, 2022
up my game
Jeff on Dec 17, 2022
Recommended on You Tube video
Doug R on Dec 10, 2022
Christmas gift
Michele B on Nov 29, 2022
Good price
Ken L on Nov 1, 2022
quicker ferment starts
Stephen Riddle on Oct 26, 2022
To start doing yeast starters
Brandon H on Oct 15, 2022
I want to use liquid yeast
George M on Aug 1, 2022
With rising transportation costs and general inflation, I felt it wise to start harvesting and washing yeast, rather than purchasing new packs for each brew. This package seems like a good value...I suppose time will tell!
Brian J C on Jul 8, 2022
My last hefeweizen was underpitched - I want to start doing yeast starters.
BOB A on Jun 17, 2022
to propagate yeast cultures
Ryan B on Jun 3, 2022
Already have one and Like it so I am back
Denis S on May 2, 2022
used starters in the pass with limited success. Hoping the stirrer will help based on reviews.
Jeffery Mark H on Apr 30, 2022
Looked decent at a reasonable proce
BRENDAN P K on Mar 9, 2022
Taking my yeast from "dry pitch" to yeast starter
Charles M on Feb 19, 2022
looks to be a quality stir plate.
William F on Jan 22, 2022
Want a stir plate. Looked like a good deal.
Steven W on Dec 15, 2021
Fair deal
Glen W on Oct 8, 2021
this was an all encompassing starter kit
BRIAN C. on Jul 30, 2021
To have stronger yeast
Rigoberto D on Jul 23, 2021
victor h on Jul 20, 2021
price is good
Ed C on May 3, 2021
Make better beer
Douglas Praetzel on Apr 14, 2021
to make my fermentations better. I know if the yeast is alive before I add it.
Vince M on Jan 11, 2021
Best price and combo deal
Don R on Dec 23, 2020
Gift for my son
Marisa P on Dec 17, 2020
I'm looking forward to using liquid yeasts. This complete setup looks like a great way to start.
Thomas B on Dec 8, 2020
size and price
Randall N on Dec 5, 2020
My husband said he would need it later on so i just decided why not purchase it at the same time as the other!
Heather K on Nov 24, 2020
Time to take my yeast pitching to the next level.
Erika B on Nov 20, 2020
Because I can make high ABV beer
dirbikedad on Oct 12, 2020
Better yeast starters yield better fermentations
JON H on Sep 18, 2020
to switch over to liquid yeast starters from dry yeast
DAVID T on Sep 14, 2020
Start yeast experimentation
Valued C on Jul 24, 2020
good price and great for homebrewing so good father's day gift
Sunrise A on Jun 17, 2020
It's a gift for my husband and he picked it.
Sarah J on Jun 13, 2020
Impulse buy
Christian H on Apr 21, 2020
Wanted a stir plate for starters, only one available.
Bradley W on Apr 9, 2020
Good value for all the yeast starting needs
Paul Westhoff on Apr 6, 2020
want to up my brew game
kody g on Mar 7, 2020
Great Price
Michael R S on Mar 2, 2020
Kit comes complete at half the prices elsewhere!
Mark E on Feb 27, 2020
Everything I've read recommends a yeast starter, I'm a stout, Porter Brewer
PAUL L on Jan 27, 2020
I have been looking at stir plates for a while and this seems like a great buy.
Samuel B on Jan 23, 2020
Charles M on Jan 21, 2020
To help with yeast production for my brew.
Scott H on Jan 5, 2023
Going to make yeast starters
VERONICA G. on Dec 20, 2022
What material is the flask made of? Is it borosilicate and can I boil in it directly? Thanks!
Anthony Allen on Jul 7, 2020
BEST ANSWER: This flask is not borosilicate but is still good to boil with a direct flame and to put into an ice-bath when it is hot. We do not recommend heating this flask directly with electric stoves. For safety and consistency you can do a double boiler method in a saucepan. As always when dealing with glass and/or boiling liquids be sure to be careful and stay safe.
Is the foam stopper reusable? Are they sold separately?
Robert Clark on Jun 5, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Absolutely. Soak in StarSan, squeeze it out, and you're good to go. I re-sterilize it when I use it and put it in the flask still damp (not dripping mind you) while the yeast starter is spinning.
Does this include the stir bar? Not shown in contents list.
Chet Stockton on Nov 24, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Hello Chet, great question. Yes it does!

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Rated 1 out of 5
After 24 batches and 2.5 years the Stir Plate DIED
The stir plate lasted 2.5 years for 24 batches of yeast. I'm not satisfied with the durability of this stir plate. It was in normal operating conditions in an air-conditioned room so I'm not sure why the motor won't work. The light turns on but it won't spin. I checked the fuse. I won't be buying this plate again.
September 18, 2023
over 3 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
A Good Edition!
Before recently I never thought about propagating yeast. I think most serious brewers are always looking for ways to improve their beer and it was just a matter of time before I got to this stage. The first time I used it I was able to take some old expired dry yeast, rehydrate and make a starter. I got really good results. (Eventhough some say not to make a starter with dry yeast, I did anyway!) I can now start trying some liquid yeast and not have to worry so much about having it shipped or not having enough viable cells.. In my opinion this kit is the best available. So I'm quite impressed.
January 11, 2023
1 year ago
Rated 2 out of 5
Works fine, but disappointed in the components
I got this as a gift. I’m disappointed in the flask and stir plate. The stir plate is undersized for the 2000 mL flask from a stability standpoint. It notes on the stir plate and the manual that the stir plate maximum stirring capacity is 1000 mL. It has plenty of stirring power for the bigger flask, but the flask sits a bit precarious on the plate. The flask does not have a flat bottom. It is a slight dome so the stir bar won’t stay in the middle and it make it easier to slip off the undersized plate.

Everything operates and I can get a vortex in the starter, but I’m worried the flask will slide off the plate.
Nameplate shows 1000mL max
Domed bottom and plate size is precarious
June 19, 2022
Rated 5 out of 5
Second best investment I’ve made in brewing this year
Normally I get fermentation activity in 12 to 48 hours after pitching yeast. Making a starter with this fermentation started in 2 hours. Never going back to direct pitching.
May 14, 2022
over 2 years ago
Rated 4 out of 5
I like it
Decent price and has worked well so far.
February 20, 2022
over 2 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Yeast Maker Starter Kit
A good value on the kit.
December 30, 2021
over 2 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Deluxe Yeast Starter Kit 2000 mll
I have used it twice so far and am totally satisfied with my purchase.
October 8, 2021
over 2 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
A purchase you will not regret.
A purchase you will not regret.
September 8, 2021
over 2 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
first time using a starter
gave the yeast a good boost. only issue was could not apply direct heat to the flask (not borosilicate glass) but that is a cost issue, and a water bath worked fine.
July 13, 2021
over 2 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Peace of mind
Love the starter kit. I can now have the peace of mind that I can get an instant fermentation start with no log time during which my brew can become infected. I am always sure that I have active yeast and get a good "bubble" in hours rather than days. Love it!
May 16, 2021
over 3 years ago