One semi-warning with respect to Ansel Adams' recommendations.

Adams shot more large format than 35mm. So some of his preferences were less affected by considerations of grain then a 35mm shooter might be concerned with.

To minimize grain, you might decide that it would be better if your negatives were slightly less contrasty then AA would have preferred, knowing that you have contrast controls at the printing stage as well.

In the long run, it is the final result (the print) that matters.