Originally Posted by WI_Wino
I did not realize that the smack packs replace starters. Thanks, I'll have to dig in some more on this option.
I know you posted this a while ago, but I just now saw it.
Smack packs do NOT replace starters! They may have enough yeast to ferment a beer that is around 1.040, but for a higher OG than that a starter should be made, especially if the fermentation will be a cool fermentation.
Consult yeastcalc.com or mrmalty.com for the proper amount of yeast- it may be two or three packages without a starter!