Wow. What a read! Just got into propagating yeast and doing the whole cell counting thing here, and boy what a difference it makes! Yes, doing a starter really helped, but actually getting into the science... Thanks to all who contributed to this thread in the past... Even though it appears dead, I hope to add something of my own one day.
Seriously, this was the first thread outside the Boneyard where I read every single post. No shame in admitting I learned infinitely more here!