« on: December 04, 2015, 04:22:20 PM »
This really long thread has shown how homebrewers come from all kinds of backgrounds...often with the biases that inherently come from same. We need to be mindful of the possibility, at a minimum. I think this is much like when I tried to talk to my dad about clothing colors clashing or working well. As a colorblind person, he appreciated the concept, but try as he might, he couldn't coordinate an outfit without assistance.
Objectively, subjectively, proven or merely suspected, I think the discussion in this thread was well said and as long as we try to be friendly and not get too upset (or intentionally work to get others upset), the discussion has merit and furthers our collective understandings - a good thing, I should think. But in the great scheme of things, we should be mindful that we are limited in many ways and sometimes subject to limitations that we simply cannot personally get over/by/through and others may be able to do so. If my neighbor doesn't detect diacetyl, his butter bomb Scotty tastes great to him and subjectively it really does; if he wants others to like it, he needs to take further measures to limit the diacetyl. It can be measured, I suspect, objectively with some scientific device, which will help my neighbor brew better, but without the instrument, he will simply have to rely to some degree on the palates of others, however flawed that might be.
P.S. I'm a late add dark malt guy, but I acknowledge the fact that I do so without certainty of effect.