« on: February 13, 2016, 12:35:00 PM »
I am more than happy to learn from someone else's research and experience. We all have, and all continue to. My brewing library, this forum, and podcasts are the primary ways I have learned how to brew. For me, if the explanation is cogent, I try it. The shaken yeast starter process makes sense to me, so I have begun using it. What I like about it is it is easier, quicker, and requires less equipment. I have yet to decide whether it makes better beer.
I always appreciated Mark's contributions here. I've made the point elsewhere that part of the constellation of characteristics that include the desire to research exhaustively includes the characteristic that some perceive as being too blunt, too know-it-all, or even rude. I don't think this is actually the case, just how they come across to some people. These people are not aggressive with people, but they are aggressive with ideas.
I have offended others as I tend to make categorical statements too. It is never my intention to offend or be abrasive, but sometimes it is perceived that way. Now my area of expertise is not brewing, so I tend to be far less categorical here, but in my area of expertise, I have no problem saying "You're wrong, and I'm going to tell you why." I hope to have learned better ways of communicating over my life, so that I offend fewer people, but sometimes encountering ideas other than what one already knows makes people mad regardless.
Is this post too 'preachy?' Perhaps. My reason for writing it is not to be parental with anyone, but hopefully to contribute to understanding so that this forum remains a place that all persons feel a valued.