Originally Posted by CLeSure
2 cups of water and 1/2 cup of DME
That's a very small, very high-gravity starter. The general rule of thumb is 100 g of DME (about 5/8 cup, although volume measurements are notoriously inaccurate) per liter/quart of starter. To get to standard pitching rates for 5 gallons of 1.071 ale, you'd be looking at a 1-3 liter starter, depending on how it was handled.
Check out www.mrmalty.com
for starter info and the calculator.
I bet you'll enjoy the 1272 though. That's my go-to ale yeast.