[quote=“dmtaylo2”]Most experienced homebrewers around here will answer the question “why” if anyone asks. When they don’t volunteer the information, it’s probably either for the sake of brevity or it slipped their minds. No bragging or offense intended in probably 99% of cases.
Respect can be given and earned in many ways. Some people respect facts and figures more. Some people respect kindness more. Some people only respect when both are expressed at the same time. There’s no use in trying to please everyone all of the time. All we can expect is that some people will be pleased some of the time.
+1 to this and Shade’s response.
If someone asks why they are tasting green apple in their beer, I can go into a lengthy explanation of acetaldehyde being an intermediate compound in fermentation, or I can say, “you took it off the yeast too soon”. Frankly, I find the former to be more braggy than the latter.
As to the OP’s ‘fool’ comment, I would say ‘maybe’. Some people need to know science behind what happens, some use experience. For most, its a mix of the two.
Finally, as the original question, I suppose there could be a bit of chest-beating in those “X gallons over X years” qualifications, but I think its more of a statement to give some well-deserved weight to the opinion one is about to give. Oh and by the way, the opinion he or she was usually ASKED for.