Not really too much work, but I don't do it as often anymore....
Why is that?
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Laziness, mainly, and a lack of preparedness, specifically. I am lucky to get the water into my HLT the night before and set it up with a timed start! I brew very often (weekends), but I haven't continued the yeast scavenging process or pre-boiling lately. I think the benefits for me don't outweigh the burden of the extra effort. With the yeast scavenged strike water, it takes a few hours, so if I don't start it the night before, I just forego it.
But I also don't make starters much anymore (I will repitch slurry over the course of 5 or six batches, however, or use a single packet of dry yeast without thinking twice.) The styles I brew most often are pale lagers, so pitching from a Helles to a Pilsner to a Lichtbier to a Czech Pale Lager, etc....makes yeast selection pretty much a non-issue for me.
I think Denny's "pragmatism" or Charlie's DWHAHB mantra (or old age) have taken hold on my brewing and I am all the more at ease these days in my brewing and expectations. But sometimes, I will get on a kick to try something interesting and new or old and outdated and do it because it is a hobby and I just figure why not? It just might result in decent beer.