Originally Posted by BigFloyd
You'll spend more on DME for the 3-step starter wort vs. what a new packet of Notty costs.
For a 1.043 beer, I'd rehydrate a new packet an roll on. In case you aren't already aware, Notty is a strain that does very well in cooler temps (almost lager-like at 55-56*F), but you don't ever want to let it get above 68*F.
The purpose was not to save money. I think I save about 50 cents lol. It was more to see if I could do it. I am using nottingham because that is what I have and appropriate for the beers. My basement this time of year runs about 60. I assume fermenting then in the low 60's. I thought of setting up a swamp cooler to keep it near 60 just for the reason you stated. I was more interested in knowing if I am way off base with my volumes or if any of the thoughts are laughable newbie mistakes. I appreciate the input.
I worked in research. When I plan these things out I always have a coworkers quote going through my head. "It's just an experiment. It may not work."