Great presentation Drew! Wish I could have been there to taste the beer. I've been brewing since October, and in life, I generally try to keep things simple. I've adopted that to my brewing just so that I can get a feel for the process and also so that I can taste any changes that I make to my recipes. It's really allowed me to also grasp what certain malts and hops do for the beer.
I remember around January speaking w/ another homebrewer at a local brew competition (which I took 3rd in the "yellow beer" category) and he was showing me his Hefe recipe and it had about 4-5 different grains, 4 different hop additions and a dry hop. Here I was with my simple wheat/pilsner bill w/ one dose of Hallertauer @ 60 min for my Hefe. At that moment I felt that maybe I'm not putting enough effort into my recipes, but I continued to keep my recipes fairly simple. So your presentation has given me a little reinforcement that maybe I'm doing alright w/ my brews by keeping them simple...although I do have a coconut milk stout that has rather large grain bill. Every now and then it is fun to play mad scientist! Also, it is amazing how a "simple" recipe can taste complex.