My brew buddy and I are brewing Friday. We are doing two brews, both Imperial Chocolate Stouts...his recipe and mine. He has this idea to use two smack packs of Wyeast 1028 London Ale and make a huge starter with them. He is looking at an OG of 1.11 (or something similar, I'm trying to remember from what Beersmith said) Anywho, The estimated ABV was like 15.2 or something similarly nuts. This is only going to be a five gallon batch, and I'm trying to convince him that he is just wasting money by using two smack packs and making a starter, when I think one smack pack and a starter will yield a completely adequate cell count. Is there any reason to do what he is planning?