Originally Posted by MichiganMike
I can do 4L without a problem. Thank you all for the help. I normally only do 1-2L on ales only, I guess I should have specified. And no 3-4L does not sound crazy. Thanks again
I've always shied away from doing the really huge (and stepped-up) starters needed to get one vial/smackpack of yeast multiplied enough for a truly good pitch rate in a 5 gallon batch of high gravity lager. That's lots of starter beer to be decanted/dumped after crashing each step 2-3 days (which is needed to get lager yeast to drop out fully). Lots of work too if you want to do it right.
I'd much rather have 5 gallons of lighter gravity (1.045-1.050) lager serve as my "starter" so that I get to enjoy and share it.