When I'm calculating a yeast starter size, is the calculator counting on my total volume, with yeast, to be a 1 liter (or whatever the calculator tells me)? This is the assumption I've been operating under for a few years but have questioned it as I don't see anybody else is doing exactly what I am. I've been using the calculator to tell me what size starter I need, let's say 1 liter. At that size for 1.040 gravity, I need 4 oz DME. I've been weighing that out, adding somewhere around 800 ml water and boiling that for 15 min. After chilling, I add the yeast from a smack pack, yeast slurry, etc. I'm generally a little under 1L at this point so I add some pre-boiled (and then cooled) water to get to 1L total. I feel like this is the way to go, especially if you're doing a multi-step starter. If going from a 500ml starter to a 1.5L you'd end up making a 2L starter in the end if you didn't decant and short the initial volume of water to account for the volume of yeast right? And yes, I'm aware I've overthinking this.