Originally Posted by PorterHoarder
Im brewing an American Barleywine with expected OG at 1.120. Due to the high gravity I could either pitch close to 5 packs of Wyeast ($45) or make a starter (which I've never done before). The Pitch-rate calculator I used said to pitch 2 packets in 5 liters of wort (1.040) or 1 pack in 12 liters. Does this sound right? It seems like a lot of starter wort. Say I pitched the one packet in 12 liters wort in my primary bucket. I wait 48 hours. Do I decant the wort off of the yeast? Is that really going to be enough yeast?
For that large of starter, yes, decant. You do not want all that starter beer in your batch.
If you can crash the starter it will be easier to decant and yes, if you actively shake the starter frequently you should grow up to the proper cell count