Originally Posted by Brewtah
A yeast calculator will say you need 2 packs (100 billion per pack). You could make a starter, buy 2 packs or use 1 pkg. Dry yeast. US-05 is the Chico strain too, just dry.
Yes I'd pitch one dry packet of US05 (rehydrated). It is the same as WL 001/ WY 1056 but half the price. You get a lot more yeast in dry packets. And don't need to make a starter.
Anyways, presuming you already made the purchase, make a starter to increase liquid yeast cells. Or buy two.
Or skip this step and presuming your smack pack is super fresh, you can direct pitch as the OG is not high. It will still make beer but is not the best practice. It may take a while to show visible fermentation so don't start a thread freaking out that there is no airlock activity.