Originally Posted by lcasanova
Have you had a beer you've brewed with and without the bananas and noticed a difference?
Not a beer, but I did with a couple of wines. Most of my wines don't have any skins, so I'll "tweak" them with bananas and/or raisins among other things to add body and mouthfeel. Bananas are also my favorite food, so even if a little hint of banana flavor came through I wouldn't mind (but I haven't detected any). I made a few wines with and without and preferred the ones with. Nothing extreme, and really too subtle to pick out, I just liked them better and they seemed to get a bit for viscous after a year or so. So when I started making GF beer and they were coming out REALLY thin, I started using bananas in there too.
The style of beer, addition of lactose, malto dextrine, etc has changed over time so I really don't have a direct comparison...I just like having them in there!