Background: I’ve been brewing for about 5 years, AG for 1 year. I typically use Wyeast Activator packs, have never pitched more than one pack and have never brewed anything with an OG over 1.065.
I’m looking at the Tallgrass Velvet Rooster (OG 1.080) for my next brew and am considering pitching a couple packs or trying to make a starter for the first time.
I’ve read that the reason for starters is to pitch a correct amount of yeast resulting in healthier yeast producing a cleaner fermentation and the correct flavor profile.
Here’s what I don’t understand: Why would the results be any different if I let the yeast replicate in a small container and pitch them and all their byproducts in my wort rather than just letting them replicate in the wort?