When people say what the volume of their starter is (like "I used a half gallon starter"), does that mean they pitched their yeast (smacky or vial) into a half gallon of wort (1.040 usually, right?)? Or do they mean the step up the starter to where they had half a gallon of yeast?
Like if I use: http://www.mrmalty.com/calc/calc.html
And it says "# liters of starter"
I think I know the answer (a half gallon of yeast is a lot), but just wanted to make sure