Quick question, I made my starter according to Palmer's directions. I'm making a Cream Ale from Austin Home Brew Supplies using yeast strain WLP080 White Labs Cream Ale Blend. What I did was start with 3 cups of water with 1/2 cup of Extra Light DME. Boiled for 10 minutes while stirring constantly, cooled down to around 70 degrees, pitched my yeast from its container into the glass container I'm using, put sanitized foil on top of it and swirled it a few times today. After I boiled for 10 minutes I had exactly two cups of wort left. I hadn't seen any activity in the container about 5 hours after I pitched. My concern is two fold.
1. Did I do this correctly?
2. Is my yeast okay due to the fact that it took several days to ship to me and the ice pack was actually warm when it arrived. Once I got the package I immediately put the yeast in the fridge, but I'm worried it was too late.
I plan on brewing tomorrow or Friday, just depends on what the yeast does. I sanitized everything like I normally do and the starter is sitting at around 68 degrees in my basement in my fermentation chamber to keep the light away from it. Haven't decided if I'm going to decant or not since I had to use 1/2 cup of the DME that was supposed to be going into my brew. Will that be an issue as well as far as the recipe goes? I wouldn't think so since it's such a small amount.