How To Yeast Starter

Make a Yeast Starter (without a Stir Plate)

I walk through making a “Shaken, not Stirred” yeast starter (Vitality Starter) using one pack of White Labs WLP013 yeast. I must have done something correct since this batch won a gold medal in the 2021 Dominion Cup! This is a simple process and is made without a stir plate.

Video Walkthrough

This YouTube video on how to make a yeast starter is a companion to my article:

My Equipment:

  • 1 Gallon [~4 L] Jug
  • Thermometer
  • Scale
  • Small Sauce Pan
  • Scissors (if needed)


  • 100 g Dry Malt Extract (DME)
  • 1 L Water
  • Yeast Packet
  • 2 g Yeast Nutrient (Optional)
  • Ice to chill

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