We ordered the Winter Warmer Extract Kit, with the Windsor Ale Dry yeast, before I noticed that a yeast starter is recommended. I’m fine with making a starter, but seeing as it’s not something we’ve done before, had a couple of questions:
Can we use the Windsor Ale Dry yeast to make the starter? It seems to me that if we rehydrate it, then use it to make the yeast starter, that would work, but How to Brew simply says to rehydrate the dry yeast, then pitch (with no mention of a starter made from dry yeast). Also, if we do use it to make a starter, should we make the starter 24 hours in advance, or 48?
I’m not sure when fermentation begins in a starter, or how long we should let it ferment, and the sources I’ve turned to have conflicting information.