are these Activator packs or Propagator packs?
propagators are no where near pitchable quantities...you'd always need a starter for those.
activators still not optimal pitching amounts, but they *can* be pitched with decent results.
If it were me, I'd do a starter, because I pay over $7 a smack pack at the LHBS.
Primary: English Mild
On tap: Pale Ale, Lancelot's Wheat, English Brown Ale, Steam Beer, HoovNuts IPA
Bottled: MOAM, Braggot, Raspberry Melomel, Merlot, Apfelwein, Pyment, Sweet mead, Cabernet
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