Originally Posted by bleme
Brewski is right. You don't NEED a starter. You don't need an airlock or sanitizer or an auto-syphon either. Unless you want to make better beer of course....
a starter for a beginner brewer with an OG of 1.062 will provide as much benefit to his beer as a secondary fermentation vessel. it will provide for a very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very small contribution to his beer (if any)--assuming he doesn't over pitch. in no way is a starter for a beer this size anywhere near comparable to sanitization and oxidation control.
the home brewing community really needs to stop preaching these arguably useless processes to beginning brewers as it needlessly complicates the process and scares them away from one of the greatest hobbies in the world.
Weezle007, if you truly appreciate the use of a yeast starter, by all means i think you should do it. i am simply stating that i, as well as many others, have been able to make great, fully attenuated beer with much higher OGs and no off flavors/aromas without the use of a yeast starter.