So recently I decided I was a bit sick of making starters and I wanted some other way to increase my pitching rate. My biggest reason for wanting to stray away from starters is that I never quite know when I'll get a free moment to brew and trying to plan out a couple days in advance for a 2L starter has been difficult. Anyway, last night I decided that instead of making a 2L started that would need to be stepped up again for a big Belgian ale, I would instead just make a 1 and a half Gallon session beer. I created a very simple recipe that used the same base malts and hops and kept the OG below 1.04. I ended up with 1.5g of 1.036 wort that I put in a 2g fermenter and pitched my yeast. I plan on waiting at least 2 weeks and then brewing my big Belgian IPA, bottling this beer (8-10 beers I'm guessing) and dumping the yeast cake in the Belgian. I figure this way if I don't get to brew on the day I think I will then I can simply wait, as long as I get a chance to brew within the next 2 months. I figure that a starter usually takes me about an hour and this mini batch only added an hour to the process (I did a 30 min boil) and in the end I'll have an extra six-pack of beer. What do you all think? Any other alternatives out there (other than buying 2-3 packs of yeast)?