Originally Posted by Dan
Throw away yeast? That'd be yeast abuse!
Dry yeast have a much higher cell count than liquid which is why liquid yeast are used in starters, and from the discussions I've had and literature read, starters are not necessary or desired for dry yeast. Mr. Malty is pretty highly thought of so go with the recommended 1.5 packs and save the .5 for another time. just my 2cents.
again man, i agree with ya, Dan. no need (and maybe not a good idea) to make starters for dry. save the other half pack, if for nothing else you can use it in a boil as nutrient. yeast are cannibals, you know!