Saccharomyces, I arrived while you were away, but given your reputation, I'm glad you're back, and of course well, and I have the opportunity to avail myself of your knowledge. I understand why the method of propagation from dregs you've just detailed is ideal. Nonetheless, I have always had success with the simple (crude? ) method I recommended above: a few steps, decanting in between (use of stir plate for initial oxygenation and maintaining yeast in suspension purely optional.) It is convenient for those limited in equipment or the practical ability to precisely time steps to high kräusen. So, my question: does it actually do any harm to the resultant pitch and/or first generation fermentation, or is it simply inefficient in terms of yield over medium supplied?