I'm on my 6th batch and have been using white labs and w-yeast smack packs. My question is that if I'm brewing(extract w/grains) 5 gal.of 5.5-7.5 abv. beer do I need a starter, is it better with a starter or am I ok doing what I'm doing. I am currently drinking Stone ruination clone and it tastes pretty good. Just bottled snv celebration.