Originally Posted by Conan
If you're making a starter, though, why bother buying two vials? Half the reason for a starter is to allow for a smaller yeast purchase.
I had purchased two vials based on Jamil Zanisheff's Mr. Malty site. Based on the date of the (original) vials I purchased, and the 1.074 OG, Mr. Malty site recommended 2 vials in a one liter starter.
Thanks for all the info everyone. Wound up going to back to my LHBS and confirmed US 6 row was also in a larger white container just like 2 row, so my confidence that I did get 6 row went up greatly.
Brew day actually went fantastic. This was only my 2nd all-grain done inside, with the last being my first a few years ago. I don't know if it was the lower heat from a gas stove vs propane burner outside, but I actually hit all my numbers pretty much spot on. Pre-boil, post-boil and carboy volumes were exact, as were pre-boil and post-boil gravity. My OG was 1.073, just 1 point short. Only problem was cooling. I cannot hook hose to my sink faucet and outside taps are buried in snow, so had to just cover the pot and put it outside where temps were in 30's for like 6 hours until it dropped under 100. Then transferred to carboy and stuck in cool front hall until morning. So a delay in pitching yeast. Right now the yeast is chugging along and it looks and smells great!