I fear this thread!
I'm afraid of this journey going full circle, selling my flasks and stir plates at a garage sale, and eventually getting so simplified that I die with a keystone in my hand. No dry yeast for me, even if you prove its better
I apologize in advance as I must babble.....
NO FEAR! It's just another tool. I've never had a bad batch of beer using dry yeast. There just isn't the greatest selection of strains available (yet). But I think with temperature control you can get a lot of versatility out of the current strains. So I think (for me) some time spent in experimenting and seeing just what can be done will be a benefit to the tool kit.
I love the liquids though. Just an awesome selection of strains. In use here 99% of the time. Because of some planned high gravity brews I'm getting a 5L flask next week. It may require a yet another stir plate. Also, because I haven't complicated this simple process enough and I want to spend even more time doing something beer, I'm starting to plan out how to get a mini lab set up to do yeast slants and other fancy yeast tricks. Maybe try washing and reusing some.
So, last night a friend that has been checking out homebrewing the last few brews says he would like to brew tomorrow. No time for a starter and I'm not going to pay for 2-3 pouches of liquid yeast. And as I would rather brew than not. NO FEAR! Armed with a few packages of US-05 or Nottingham we will be good to go.