O.K. so here's the deal; I'm attempting a IIPA Double Jack/Pliny clone this weekend. I'm using 15.5# grain and 1.5# corn sugar - estimated O.G. is 1.081. I'm planning on doing a mash schedule similar to what Firestone brewery uses (145* 60min - 155* 10min - 165* 10min). After visiting Firestone and reading around, it appears that the best yeast for a Union or Double Jack clone would be WLP002 (which I believe would then require the low mash temp to keep the sweetness in check). According to Mr. Malty I need more vials of WLP002 than I currently have. What I do have is a nice fat yeast cake of Nottingham from a Haus Pale Ale I did a couple weeks, 2 packets of US-05, some WLP001 harvested a month ago, and the new vial of WLP002 I mentioned earlier. So my question(s) is (are), do I use the yeast cake of notty (plenty of yeast), do I use the two packets of 05, or should I build an adequate starter of WLP002 over time? My concern with the Nottingham and US-05 is that they're neutral and won't bring much to the table. My hesitation about building up a suitable starter from the WLP002 (or even the cal 01) is that I really need to do this batch tomorrow or latest Sunday (two days away) and that I won't have enough time to step up an adequate starter.
Any suggestions, comments or constructive criticism would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!