I'm brewing my first lager this weekend and wanted to run Mr. Malty's recommendations by the forum readers to make sure I'm building the best starter I can.
Here's the info:
Size: 5 gallons
Stirplate: Yes - 2l E flask
Mr. Malty says a 1.8 liter starter with two smack packs (Wyeast Oktoberfest 2633)using a stir plate. I'm assuming that this is the day before brewing or in the 12 to 18 hrs before pitch.
Does this look like it'll work? I have a friend that I brew with who, for some reason, is always nervous about over pitching and always builds dinky little starters. But based on the Mr. Malty I need 404 or so billion cells and the Wyeast packs should have 80-90 billion viable cells so I don't think I'm at risk of building too big a starter especially for a lager.