I am brewing the MoreBeer! Pliny the elder extract clone tomorrow. Very excited to give this beer a try! When I ordered it I forgot to get two packs of Wyeast American II yeast. I don't have the means to make a starter at this point. I do have an extra Safale US-05 that I could use along with the Wyeast or should I just use the Wyeast? I will be keeping this in my primary fermenter for 2 weeks and then transferring it to the secondary for dry hopping. If I use the two yeast packs do I have to worry about blowing the lid off my fermenter? I could just make a blowoff tube with my siphon tube. Any help would be greatly appreciated!!
I agree, make a starter if you can. Yet, I've heard from several people that US-05 and Wyeast 1056 are the same strain, so maybe you could just pitch both and be OK. You may want to check w/ a yeast calculator like http://www.mrmalty.com/. I've never done this before, so I couldn't tell you exactly how it would turn out.
As for transferring to a secondary to dry hop, you can skip this step. Just throw your dry hops into your primary. I dry hop my pale ales and IPAs in my primary all the time and they come out great. I usually go 2-3 weeks then dry hop for 5-7 days and keg after that.
Yea I have read that they are the same strain as well so that is why I was wondering if it would be OK. I will give it a try and see what happens. Next order I make (No LHBS) I will make sure I get the necessary equipment for a starter. The main reason I will be switching to secondary is to free up my primary fermentation bucket for my next beer (Summer Wheat IPA). Thanks for the help guys!
WY1056 and Us-05 may have come from the same source (and no one knows that for sure) but there are differences in the beer that each produces. Not to mention that you have 1272, not 1056! You don't need a growler or flask to make a starter....a glass or plastic gal. jug from milk, apple juice, or wine works fine. You will need some extract. You may be able to find a beverage called Malta Goya, which is pretty much like wort, and use that for your starter if you can't get extract. Worst case, pitch the 1272 and 05....although I've had great luck in beers of that strength with just a pack of 05.