Propper Starter

Are you tired of the hassle and mess of making starters for your homebrewing? Look no further than Propper Starter™, the condensed wort in a can that allows you to make a yeast starter in minutes! With Propper Starter™, there's no need to measure out DME or waste time boiling and cooling before you pitch your yeast. It's a game-changer for any homebrewer looking for a convenient and efficient way to start their fermentation process.

One of the great things about Propper Starter™ is its versatility. You can use the starter in two different ways, depending on your preferences. The first option is to pitch the entire starter, liquid and all, into fresh wort. This method allows for a seamless transition from your starter to your main fermentation vessel, ensuring a healthy and vigorous fermentation.

The second option is to use the starter to propagate your yeast. Once the starter has stopped fermenting, you can chill it for 24 hours or more in the refrigerator to drop the yeast out of suspension. This allows you to separate the yeast from the liquid, making it easier to pitch only the desired amount of yeast into your main fermentation vessel. This method is particularly useful if you want to save some yeast for future brews or if you're working with a high gravity that requires a larger yeast pitch.

Propper Starter™ has a shelf life of two years from the packaging date, ensuring that you have a reliable and long-lasting product on hand whenever you need it. Whether you're a seasoned brewer or just starting out, having Propper Starter™ in your brewing arsenal will give you peace of mind knowing that you can confidently start your fermentation process without any hassle.

Some brewers have even found success using sugar instead of DME for their yeast starters. This alternative method works just as well and can be even more convenient. Simply take 1.5 quarts of fresh wort and can it in a 2-quart mason jar. After sanitizing the jar, pitch your yeast, gently place the lid back on, and let it sit. This method eliminates the need for a stir plate and allows for a simplified yeast starter process.

Propper Starter™ is a game-changer for homebrewers looking for a convenient and efficient way to make yeast starters. Its condensed wort in a can eliminates the need for measuring DME and saves time on boiling and cooling. With a shelf life of two years, Propper Starter™ is a reliable and long-lasting product. And if you prefer an alternative method, using sugar instead of DME can be just as effective. So why not give Propper Starter™ a try and take your homebrewing to the next level? Cheers to a successful fermentation!

What Is Propper Starter?

Propper Starter™ is a convenient and time-saving product that simplifies the process of making a yeast starter for home brewing. It comes in the form of condensed wort, which is essentially the liquid that is used to make beer, but in a concentrated form. This means that you don't have to go through the hassle of measuring out dry extract (DME) and then boiling and cooling it before you pitch your yeast.

With Propper Starter™, all you need to do is open the can, pour it into a sanitized container, and add . The wort will quickly rehydrate, and you can then pitch your yeast directly into the container. This allows the yeast to multiply and become more active before you introduce it to your main batch of beer.

The benefits of using Propper Starter™ are numerous. Firstly, it saves you time and effort. As mentioned earlier, you don't have to measure out DME, boil it, and wait for it to cool. This can be a messy and time-consuming process. With Propper Starter™, you can have a yeast starter ready in minutes.

Secondly, Propper Starter™ provides a consistent and reliable source of nutrients for your yeast. The wort in the can is carefully formulated to provide the ideal balance of sugars, proteins, and other nutrients that yeast need to thrive. This ensures that your yeast starter is healthy and robust, which in turn improves fermentation and overall beer quality.

Additionally, Propper Starter™ helps to reduce the risk of contamination. By using a pre-packaged product, you can be confident that the wort is sterile and free from any unwanted organisms. This is particularly important when making yeast starters, as any contamination can have a negative impact on your beer.

Propper Starter™ is a convenient and efficient way to make a yeast starter for home brewing. It eliminates the need for measuring, boiling, and cooling DME, and provides a consistent source of nutrients for your yeast. By using Propper Starter™, you can save time, reduce the risk of contamination, and improve the quality of your beer.

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How Do You Use A Propper Yeast Starter?

To use a proper yeast starter, follow these steps:

1. Prepare fresh wort: Start by preparing a fresh batch of wort, which is essentially unfermented beer. This wort will serve as the food for the yeast in the starter. You can use a commercial wort or make your own by boiling malt extract and water.

2. Sanitize equipment: It's crucial to sanitize all the equipment you'll be using to prevent any contamination. This includes the flask or container for the starter, airlock, stir plate (if using), and any other tools you may need.

3. Add liquid yeast: Open the vial or package of liquid yeast and carefully pour it into the starter container. Make sure you handle the yeast with clean hands or sanitized tools to maintain a sterile environment.

4. Add fresh wort: Pour the fresh wort you prepared earlier into the starter container, covering the liquid yeast. The volume of wort should be suitable for the amount of yeast you're using, typically around a 1:10 ratio of yeast to wort.

5. Oxygenate the mixture: It's important to introduce oxygen to the yeast starter to promote healthy yeast growth. You can do this by covering the container with a sanitized airlock or foil with a pinhole to allow for gas exchange.

6. Fermentation: Place the starter container in a temperature-controlled environment, usually around 68-72°F (20-22°C). The yeast will start fermenting, consuming the sugars in the wort and multiplying in numbers.

7. Stir plate (optional): If you have a stir plate, you can place the starter on it to continuously agitate the mixture. This helps to keep the yeast in suspension and provides aeration, promoting yeast growth.

8. Cold crash: Once the yeast starter has finished fermenting, it's time to separate the yeast from the liquid. Transfer the container to the refrigerator and let it chill for at least 24 hours or more. This cooling period allows the yeast to settle at the bottom.

9. Decant the liquid: Carefully pour off the liquid from the top of the container, leaving behind the yeast sediment at the bottom. You can use a sanitized siphon or pour slowly to avoid disturbing the yeast.

10. Pitch the yeast: The yeast is now ready to be pitched into your main batch of beer wort. Simply transfer the yeast sediment to your fermentation vessel or add it directly to the wort, depending on your brewing method.

By following these steps, you can ensure a proper yeast starter that will provide healthy and active yeast for fermentation, resulting in a successful brew.


Propper Starter™ is a convenient and time-saving solution for making yeast starters. It eliminates the need for measuring and boiling DME, making the process quick and mess-free. Whether you choose to pitch the entire starter into fresh wort or separate the liquid from the yeast, Propper Starter™ provides a reliable and efficient way to ensure a healthy fermentation.

One of the key advantages of Propper Starter™ is its long shelf life of two years from the packaging date. This means that you can have it on hand whenever you need it, without worrying about it going bad or losing its effectiveness. This is particularly beneficial for homebrewers who may not brew as frequently or have a need for yeast starters on a regular basis.

Furthermore, using sugar instead of DME for the yeast starter is a viable alternative that has been proven to work effectively. This allows for even more flexibility and convenience, as you can use readily available ingredients without compromising the quality of your yeast starter.

Additionally, Propper Starter™ can be easily stored in mason jars, making it a practical option for those who don't have access to or prefer not to use a stir plate. Simply pitch the yeast, seal the jar, and let it do its magic.

Propper Starter™ offers a hassle-free and efficient method for creating yeast starters. Whether you're a seasoned homebrewer or just starting out, this product provides a convenient and reliable solution for ensuring a successful fermentation process. Give it a try and experience the ease and convenience it brings to your brewing endeavors.

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Thomas Ashford

Thomas Ashford is a highly educated brewer with years of experience in the industry. He has a Bachelor Degree in Chemistry and a Master Degree in Brewing Science. He is also BJCP Certified Beer Judge. Tom has worked hard to become one of the most experienced brewers in the industry. He has experience monitoring brewhouse and cellaring operations, coordinating brewhouse projects, and optimizing brewery operations for maximum efficiency. He is also familiar mixology and an experienced sommelier. Tom is an expert organizer of beer festivals, wine tastings, and brewery tours.