Ok, so I'm looking to brew a Belgian Strong Golden Ale this weekend, and I've made a yeast starter from my Wyeast Strong Ale activator. I did some calculations on Mr Malty to determine that in order achieve the cell count I need to handle my planned OG of 1.090 I needed to make about 2 gallons of starter. I used 1 lb of Extra Light DME (probably not enough) in 2 gallons of water, pitched my yeast - plenty of action going on. This is my first starter, and here's my dilemma - when the primary fermentation is completed with the mini-wort & the original yeast, what should I pitch to my final wort on brew day? I've read that I could pitch the whole bunch, in which case I should only brew a 3 gallon wort (planning a 5 gallon batch), correct? I've also read that I should decant the "beer" out of the carboy & pitch the remaining yeast. Is this not just trub? I want to make sure I'm getting good yeast out of this and not just waste material. Any info would be greatly appreciated.
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