One question I have about LODO and even Brewtan is what about all the gold medals from days gone by? Would those beers loose in a contemporary competition because LODO and/or Brewtan have raised the bar so dramatically?
I can't do LODO with my simple batch sparge system. I am working on adding spunding to my process. I am now transferring into a purged keg. I bought Brewtan-B (haven't tried it yet). Should I give up home brewing since I don't want to pre-boil, can't imagine not stirring, my sparge splashes a little bit, and I can't fill my mash tun from the bottom? Or should I train my taste buds to not like my beer (especially my Helles) and all other similarly made swill and then give up home brewing?
You see, I currently like my beers and think a lot of them are better than I can get at the local breweries (except for Yellowhammer of course
because they are fresh and brewed to my taste. I am all for improving and I am trying many of the techniques offered. But I don't see a path to complete LODO with out big expense and I have not seen any evidence to make me want to risk the investment. I've got 2 college educations to pay for.