Regarding "best practices", I agree a bit, but with the caveat that it is a slippery slope. We all have different goals with this hobby. I'm fine with "procedure A gets me result B", but I'm less cool with "everybody really needs to follow this procedure because it is proven to make better beer". "Result B" can certainly be "the freshest-tasting malt character I've ever experienced" or something else fantastic, but I'll make the decision regarding what a "better beer" really is for me, thank you very much.
That's definitely true. Even in business, a best practice (in my opinion) really just means "this works, usually". It's not the only way to do something, nor will it necessarily stand the test of time, but it's often good advice to try.
Ah, but best practices doesn't directly make for best product. Sometimes in my workplace a reliable "best practice" must be discarded to get the most out of the system.
IOW, it may be good advice on operating the system "in general", but it is a piss-poor excuse to not know and understand the principles behind the system operation.
"Best practice" is to swap out the dead card. Better practice is to understand the power supply of the old card died because too many peripherals were attached, rectify that issue, and then swap out the card.
Agreed. The science behind brewing is objective but the outcome of brewing is completely subjective. You can time a car's speed and objectively determine if something made the car faster. There's nothing subjective about it. You can objectively measure the amount of hop oils in a beer or carbonation levels. That's not subjective; but you don't taste objective measurements. Whether the amount of hop oils or carbonation produces a beer you want to drink is 100% subjective.
Actually, it's the same. Goals are subjective, "I want a car that's mild mannered on the street, but still runs 11's." There are several ways to achieve that goal, and the best route is a manner for much debate. The information from runs/skidpads/other means of quantifying data help get you to that goal, but in and of themselves don't define the goal.
Just as DO, hop oils, proteins etc. aren't a measure of how drinkable a beer is.
I think the issue is a matter of perspective, two different approaches to the same basic issue, but only one perspective is getting the short end of the stick around here of late...