I'm drinking a very nice pils right now, and cold-crashing a IIPA. ACTUALLY, it's not a pils. It's a pilsner-ale brewed with WLP029 and homegrown Sterling hops. So now all of the pilsner freaks can tell me the error of my ways. But, it's clean and clear and delicious, and I really don't care if it's not the ultimate "IT" pilsner.
Honestly, I'm not posting much anymore because this board (and the homebrewing community in general, as gauged by this forum) is becoming a bit too polarized for me. A few years ago, everybody was all crazy with the IPAs, and it was like a competition to brew the ultimate. Now the needle has swung to the polar opposite of IPA and everyone is obsessed with brewing the lightest and cleanest beer possible.
Whatever happened to moderation, exploration, and inclusiveness? I can enjoy a well-brewed IPA as much as a pilsner. I think it gets to be a pissing contest of who can throw down the most obscure knowledge, and it's alienating in a sense.
We've all advanced as brewers, and the discussion has advanced quite a bit in terms of complexity, but we've lost a lot of the joy in brewing, it seems. Jim had it right when he posted about going back to the heart of brewing. I'm sick of hearing about pils and LODO and German brewing texts. And I feel like I can brew whatever the heck I want regardless of what the trend is. People are getting too cliquish and deep in their own rabbit-holes.
Have a great day, fellas, sorry for raining on your parade. I guess I just hit my breaking point.