Originally Posted by bobz
Chris White has nailed it. This book is a must if you are any kind of brewer. I have made the statement in my talks at several home brew clubs that if you do not have a stir plate you are not a serious brewer. Yeast and fermentation temp control are the most important elements of brewing. It is astounding to me as to how many home brewers have no clue as to how much yeast to pitch or how to grow yeast. Why spend 6 1/2 hours to make a dumper.
I'm not going to disagree with you about best brewing habits, but I think the point was missed. We are not all aspiring to be professional brewers; many just enjoy making their own beer for themselves, friends, and family. This hobby has room for every level of interest and we are here to help all and learn from all. Personally, I try to read as much as I can and gather as much info as I can to develop the best practices I can, so your info is appreciated. I do wish you would provide links or references to the info you cited however.
I think the point IS that a relatively new brewer (using 24 hr clock so probably a military man) jumped on here to ask if it was ok to do what he needed to do to brew beer when he had time to in the midst of a busy schedule. We were trying to assure him that he was ok, beer is hard to screw up, do what you gotta and learn from the experience, RDWHAHB, etc.
You on the other hand throw out cryptic responses perpetuating noob anxiety and boogie-men. I just don't think its necessary to throw around words like swill and dumper when someone is obviously just looking for some reassurance...its not like he asked if it is ok to piss in his bucket to sanitize!
Some might say its a good way to get called an EAC