My last batch was a 1.066 ale that I pitched with an O2-dosed/not stirred starter, made the morning of brew day. 17gal. batch, 3.5L starter. So, I'm above the below 1.06 boundary where one starts to consider the wort being of the high-gravity sort. Anyway, the starter was pitched into the wort at 10pm in well-O2-ed wort at 64degF. Maybe 2min. at 1L/min through a 2um stone at the bottom of a 22gal conical. There was no CO2 evolution at 9am the next morning. My standard 2L-pure O2 started, stirplate, stepped to 2gal, pure O2 started, non-stirplate procedure, settled and decanted, would have shown evolution the next morning. Solid CO2 by 7pm same day. The yeast was wyeast west yorkie. Anyway, the first few days were held at 65degF and I had ramped it up to 69degF by day seven. Held there for another week and have now crashed gradually to 35degF. Gravity was steady for several days at 1.018. Was aiming for 1.015-1.016 but there you go. Samples smell great and are as clear as glass as you might expect. Mash at 152degF and xtal malt ~8%. Quite excited about this one.
Going to try O2 dosed, non-stirred, high-krausen starters for the next few batches of ales. Might try O2-dosed, stirred, high krausen starters too. Not sure I buy the cell damage from stirring end of things. I'd like to test the litre starter per 5gal high krausen thing in comparison to my previous, larger volume, decanted method with that being the main difference.