Excellent topic! As one who is about to do his inaugural AG batch I have been plowing through the literature and finding some broad ranges of answers on the subject.
So after all this I have come to the following conclusion:
Marginal differences may or may not be achieved by micro managing the ratio, but major losses WILL be incurred with clumping lumping and channeling. When in doubt, go thinner.
This may be over simplified and crude, but as a noob I have to keep it simple. When I reach master status and get bored down the line I'll start using a pipet.