Originally Posted by drumming102
you say always but does White labs need a starter? I've always read that they don't. <---Noob
Yes, you can pitch it straight as the pack says you can. Making a starter does 3 things for you:
1) Increases the cell count.
2) Tells you that you have good yeast (they didn't die during transport or storage)
3) Gets the beer off to a quicker start preventing other bacteria from taking hold on your sweet wort.
If you get in the habit of making a starter, it will become a simple task.
But, if you want, keep pitching straight from the vial and worrying that it's not working after 24 hours.