I have a n00b question, but isn't that what the beginners forum is for? I've searched for starters for liquid yeast, but I am getting results for liquid yeast starter. So my question is, what ingredients do I need for a White Labs liquid yeast vial to make a starter? I am reading a lot of posts that talk about a Smack Pack, but doesn't that already contain a strain of yeast? I think that I will need about 1 cup DME and 32 oz of water, but I am curious if there needs to be an 'activator' or nutrient package for the liquid yeast as well? Also, can I use the same DME for the starter that comes in the extract recipe package that I'd be brewing over the weekend, or is that not suggested?