all i want is for you to acknowledge that it IS safer to add water prior to sterilization than it is post birth
by safer, i presume you mean regarding contamination risk ?
if so then yeah, with that i could agree.
sterile is sterile.
i think perhaps our arguments aren't quite lining up,
i focused on the invitro phase , not the invitro tek per se,
because after birthing you're adding water by DEC
at which point you're not longer just going on the formula.
to be honest
just as you've never done a 'standard' pf cake
i've never made any with 1/3 c. instead of 1/4 c.
frankly i'd be interested in a cake-off that
compared the 1/4 c versus 1/3 c recipes,
my impression at this time is that the 1/4 c. formula
is already a bit soupy at the bottom of the bowl
so it'd be interesting to compare with even more water.
i'm a big fan of dunking,
i've seen enough to be convinced that
no other method rejuvenates a cake as well as dunking,
i don't think any alleged pin set-back or damage is significant enough
to merit any concern, the benefits clearly outweigh the risks/damage.
now it seems to me that your 'arch of excellence'
[commonly called 'point of diminishing returns' elsewhere]
is great for someone willing to devote the time to tweaking the air-water flow to max
but many folks aren't willing/able to give that kind of care/time,
and that's where dunking again excels,
one can very quickly re-hydrate dozens of cakes
with a minimum of labor/time used, even omitting the DEC if desired.
again the overwhelming testimony archived here regarding the effectiveness of dunking
is un-contestable, the verdict is in no doubt.