Excellent commentaries throughout. It really does come down to what pleases the individual. Brewers are like most folks and if they do something one way and the beer turns out great they are likely to brew with that method/technique again, really never knowing what exactly what it was that influenced the superior result. Might have been time on cake, temp, mash, pitching rate, but they will want to repeat the success and will do all steps identically to the original. That is one reason for so many opinions. Lots of ways to make good beer and most are probably as good as the next. To each his own is a good motto for home brewers.
Northern Brown Ale
"Guess I'll watch some TV, cuz it's nice to see people more messed up than me."
Bottled: Wee Ain't Heavy (Wee Heavy);
Kegged: Brown Rhyno Old Ale (Rye Knot+ clone); Second Amendment Vanilla/Bourbon Porter; Pale Ale (a'la EdWort's Haus Pale);
On Deck: Northern Brown; Kolsch; Apricot wheat,