I only have two brewtan beers under my belt so far: a mild and a bitter. Both excellent - the mild in particular. As a bottler, I'm particularly interested to see if shelf life is improved. Beers don't stick around too often in my house but having them stay in their prime a bit longer would be a nice feature of using the product.
I'm not convinced this is magic fairy dust but I do think there's something to it. If the tannic acid can chelate (bind) metals that cause oxidation of malt-flavor compounds, rendering them inactive, that sounds like legitimate chemistry to this inorganic chemist.
I don't think it's a magic fairy dust either. I'm still interested in whether it helps or not. What this does seem to confirm for me, though, is that people believe in Low DO, but aren't willing to publicly admit it. I just ordered a SS chiller, so that'll be the final piece. I used brewtan B on my latest batch in conjunction with low DO to see if it helps with using the copper chiller. Maybe, maybe not...the wort didn't seem different than usual.
I honestly think there's more merit to preboiling and using SMB, being careful of O2 pickup, than just using brewtan B and continuing to pour and splash at will. But it might turn out that both are bogus, so who knows. Can't hurt to try. What does hurt is to completely disregard it and make the same beer you always make...stubbornness to improve on one's processes is regression.