I have been doing starters with grain, I haven't seen anyone mention it and I have tried searching with no luck. Anyways in a nutshell I mash 1lb of base malt for an hour at about 150 degrees, and then boil the collected wort for 15 minutes, cool it down and add my washed yeast to the growler filled with wort.
First Question: Is there is any negative effectives to doing it this way (though I haven't noticed any?). I just see everyone doing starter's with DME, I find it cheaper to buy an extra lb of 2 row. I'm pretty sure it is easier to use the DME though.
Second Question: I have also noticed if I do a starter, and let it ferment all the way (to the point that the yeast settle to the bottom) I get a lag time of about 8 hours or so. However if I make the starter one day in advance, and pitch the yeast while it is vigorously fermenting, I have a lag time of abut 40 minutes to an hour!
Just curious if anyone does starters with grain, and how long there lag time usually is.