Thanks for helping me make sure I'm on the right track. I'm a bit of an amateur with the smack-packs - I usually buy White Labs, but I have heard good things about this Oktoberfest blend that Wyeast has and it doesn't have a White Labs equivalent. Fortunately, it's summer, so my brew calendar is a little more flexible, but I want to get this done so it's ready by the last weekend of September.
I just got done pitching the yeast in my starter. What I found inside was interesting. I think the yeast was still good. It didn't smell awesome, but four month old yeast rarely does. What was interesting was the nutrient pouch inside. Instead of one little pouch, I had two attached. One was open on one end and the other still looked sealed but with nothing in it. I think I might have gotten a defective one. Oh well, as long as the yeastie-beasties still do their thing, I'm happy!