That's one conclusion I'm locked in on Jesse. I've blind tasted 1.008-009 single infusion at 148f vs 1.008-009 step and without question the step beer always jumps out as more body, higher OG or whatever you want to call it. It's feels fuller in mouthfeel without the residual sugar.
Same here. In addition, I think foam is enhanced and has a higher sheen. I notice this even in my uber hochkurz 15m rests. Very interesting to read of the chemistry that might be behind it.
Agreed. It's like saying gravity is the same in the upper atmosphere, because it's still in the Earth's atmosphere, as it is on the surface. That might be exaggerating a bit...
But I don't know, some people honestly can't taste it. The thing about those blind tests with all those people is, sure, you get a wide range of palates, but most of them probably wouldn't tell the difference if it slapped them in the face anyway. Just because you have BJCP judge by your name doesn't make you an expert. So you took a class and passed a test, cool, good for you.