As a rookie here, I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who's taken the time to contribute to this thread (as well as the Buddy's/Shields). Particularly to Norma and Peter who have been more than generous with their thoughts and experiments.
I run a non-food technology business at the moment, and if my customers had any idea of the ratio of time I've spend reading this thread wall-to-wall vs. thinking about their issues (This thread = hydration %, work = IDY%), they'd probably suggest I'd have more fun doing pizza for a living. I wouldn't disagree.
Just wanted you to know how appreciated all the good work is. I'll be doing some Detroit Style experiments of my own this weekend, and looking forward to having my friends and family eat it up with they faces!