[quote=“BAD-Brew”]While I agree with the sentiment about not brewing overly complicated recipes, I have to say I disagree with the idea Drew repeated several times about being happier with little or no choice. Remember Ford used to only offer one “choice” of paint. How long did that last? A restaurant or bar that only served Budlight would not make me happier, nor would a store that only sold one version of each product. There were two TED talks on this topic, one about the benefit of choice and why we now have so many options in the grocery aisles (Malcolm Gladwell) and one where the speaker is annoyed that he has so many choices (Parodox of Choice Barry Swartz). Watch both and make your choice between the two, but I noticed Drew’s revised DIPA didn’t really seem to adhere to his own subject. Keeping it simple is a choice I often make, but I’m thankful for all the options that are part of that choice.
I agree that consumer constraint might not be the total explanation for why brewing on the ones or SMaSH might be preferable. However, you also have the relationship between consumer expectations and experiences and this affects satisfaction. When you add all thoe great-sounding specialty grains you expect to find those flavors, and most often you don’t. You get what Beechum called “brown”. I’ve done this enough to know that its a fact that “muddled” is a real outcome of this kind of brewing, and it is not satisfying. In using fewer components one can find those characters, and while it may not be as complex at least they are there and that leads to satisfaction.