Unfortunately this is going to my last post for while. As tiring as some of you may find our approach, I find it equally tiring that people feel the need to police the forum. No one has deputized anyone here to stand up for the poor, the tired masses, yearning to brew free.
One of the major oversights related to people griping about the delivery of Bryan or I, is that they forget that I, of all people, know exactly what they are getting at. In fact, I know why you do and say what you do in reaction to our posts better than you do. In fact I WAS you in not that far distant of a past. If you have frequented the forum over the last few years you may remember some major shots fired in a very non friendly way between a certain rabeb25 and RPIScotty. Now I am proud to be a collaborator of Bryan's. In fact, I credit this collaboration with reinvigorating my interest in brewing. I very much enjoy how he gets his points across. I remember when I returned here that this was a shocking revelation for some. My turnaround that is.
We had a good thing going for a while here: positive feedback, great questions and genuine interest. It was so great to see the forum embrace the new presentation of the Low Oxygen information. But as is always the case, someone invariably comes out of nowhere and trudges up some of the same negative sentiments that plagued the first round of Low Oxygen conversation. So now it may be time to focus more on the website and less on the forums. If this recent resurgence of unfounded criticism has done anything, it has shown those who see the merit in the methods the true colors of the type of people they can expect to butt heads with.
I have to say that I would still love to converse with those who have shown a genuine interest in the methods and techniques. You all know who you are and I wish you continued luck and hope you keep devouring the information. PM me if you need any support on the spreadsheets.
One of the major beefs I've seen discussed is the insistence that we somehow are telling people they brew bad beer. I don't think we ever explicitly say that. We DO believe that this is the BEST way to brew beer but that does not mean that YOUR BEER IS BAD! The whole reason we devoted months and months of writing the documents on the website, experimenting, developing the spreadsheets and modifying the methods to include incremental approaches was to SERVE YOU! We feel we can help you brew BETTER beer. If you don't want to brew the best beer you possibly can, what's the point? And if the delivery really bothers you that much: get over it! We are adults after all.
I work in commercial Nuclear as an electrical engineer. There are times when one of our units is down in a forced outage and we are stressed to the gills. We are expected to maintain technical rigor and make the right decisions. We don't always talk cordially. In fact, things get heated even between engineers and first line supervisors. We get our point across bluntly and succinctly and we don't care about the feelings of the receiver, especially when nuclear safety and financial viability are involved. You get over it. You move on. You don't forsake good technical information because it was brought to you in a less than desirable way.
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