First I'll say thanks to everyone for being so experienced and helpful. I have a question.
When I soak whole grains/chops/flakes/coarse flour with water and a little yeast sometimes I get a boozy beer smell that reminds me of cleaning up after a busy night of bartending. Stale beer. It is rather pungent and I was wondering why this happens. Is it normal or desirable? Sometimes I use potato water or a little malt powder in the soaker with the yeast to give them something more to eat.