From everything I have read here, and in my own limited experience, starters are beneficial for fermentation. I am wondering why LHBS store owners and employees still question the need for starters. I have been to 2 different shops and received the same blah response about starters. In one store, I was told that 1056 is a crazy good yeast that will get through almost any 5 gallon batch... I could understand if they were pushing for the purchase of another smack pack, but they keep saying the one pack is plenty. General opinion here is pitch according to wort needs( I am aided by beersmith for the appropriate size to pitch) and I just wonder if anyone else sees the same issues at LHBS. At both stores, the employee or owner in question is also a brewer with good reputation in the area. I do not plan to stop using starters, as i have seen great results pitching properly, I just dont understand why the people out there selling the product dont understand its limitations and best handling procedures. Any thoughts folks?