Hello everyone, first time poster.
I've got my first batch of IPA in a primary fermenter now, and am re-reading the instructions from the kit this morning.
I just noticed that the instructions say that "A Yeast Starter needs to be made 1-3 days ahead of your brew day". Being the noob that I am, I ran through the recipe without noticing this little note hidden in the text.
I did notice that the brewing kit came with two yeast packs, one was a slap kind packet which is what I used. Another was a smaller packet which I thought was included by accident. It is still in my fridge.
Should I have used that smaller yeast packet to make the Yeast Starter?
The fermenter began bubbling after a couple of hours, and has continued now for about four days, so I assume the yeast packet I used is working okay without the starter.
I suppose there is no point in worrying about this now, just curious what I can expect from skipping the yeast starter step.
Also, the instructions say that primary fermentation will take 3-4 days, and secondary 4-5 days. That seems really quick based on everything I've read around here. Do they really mean it can be racked and bottled in 9-10 days total? Or am I reading that wrong? I plan to use a glass carboy for secondary only because there is a dry-hop step. That makes sense, right?