Originally Posted by OldWorld
An advanced home brewer is somebody who can double decoction mash an authentic really good pilsner...Any jerk-o can make a pale or ipa.
Well, anybody that can follow instructions can do a double decoction. It's simple calculations. And anybody who can brew an ale can brew a lager. Making a great IPA isn't any easier, or harder, than a great German or Bohemian pilsner.
I think "advanced brewing" is something I'll never do and I'll never consider myself "advanced".
I'm always trying to learn or improve something, from newer malt varieties to hops growing, to water chemistry.
I mean, you can always make a BoPils with RO water (with a triple decoction if you want), and then make the same beer with a bit of calcium chloride added to it, and have a different beer. And then trying to decide which is more authentic, or which is preferable can be a bit of a learning experience in itself.
I learn something new all the time, so at this rate I'll never be "advanced"!