ya just curious about what you guys think here.
Got a vial of San Francisco Lager proped from White labs on 03/25/2012
when i used mrmalty saturday i forgot to hit Hybrid on type of beer so my starter was roughly 1/2 of what it should have been. today i realized this mistake
the starter had about 24 hours on it and looked done when i pitched to 5.5gal @66f , over about 3 hours i dropped the temp to 59F and saw fermentation activity by the end of the night.
right now its going at 59F.
so i know i underpitched but do you think that pitching at 66F was just enough to maybe get a little more growth in enough time?
I was just dicking around with the mrmalty calculator on this topic the other day and I found that the difference between an ale at 1.052 and a hybrid at the same OG for a 5.5 gallon batch was only 67 billion cells. (200b vs. 267)
A 1 liter starter would achive 200 while a 1.44 would get the 267 needed. (On a stir plate)
Beersmith, on the other hand, says you'd need 402 billion cells.
I'm not entirely sure which one is correct, but I always make a 1.5 liter starter on a stir plate and have had great success with my common.
I'd guess, while the high start temp may have contributed to a quick start, you had enough yeast to start that beer anyway.