Does that make sense? For a 1.054 lager with a stir plate it calls for 7 vials of White Labs per 3.5 quart starter. WOW.
I only have a 2000ml flask.
Is that right 7 vials at $7 each.
The pitfalls of Mr Malty. We as homebrewers have under pitched our liquid yeast for years. Amazingly enough, we still made great award winning beer and nudged the craft beer industry in a positive direction; all without Mr. Malty showing us the way.
The good thing to take away from MM is that we can improve our pitching rates, but it needs to be applied to the equipment you have. Your 2L flask will work fine. No stir plate? Just give it a swirl every time you walk by. Not as good as a stir plate for aerating, but you make due with what you have. Step up your starter by chilling and decanting the spent wort and refreshing it with around 1.030 wort and repeat up to three times. Regardless what MM tells you, unless you can count your yeast cells, it is only an estimate of the actual pitching rate.