So after reading the latest issue of Zymurgy, I'm going to take a stab at using WLP002 English Ale with a 5.5 gallon batch of cider.
I plan on taking a fresh yeast pack of this, and making a 2L starter for 24 - 30 hours. I will then pour this into 4 pint jars, and then put them in the fridge. I will be using this for my Chocolate Oatmeal Stout as well.
So here's my question. I can take a pint jar and decant 90% of the beer off it. Would you then make a starter with 1.040 - 1.045 Apple Juice for 18 hours before pitching it? Or do it the normal way with DME?
Or do a 1.5L starter with the apple juice, put it in the fridge overnight, then decant that an pitch it?