Originally Posted by rgray58
Thanks. I'm a little disillusioned at the knowledge of my LHBS. I can understand if they don't do this, or recommend their own tried-n-true methods. But I would think they would be a little more knowledgeable about other techniques.
Most people can't handle boiling 6G on a stove, which is where most homebrewers start.
Once you drive the dissolved O2 off the full volume by boiling, aeration becomes important to get the yeast going at a good clip.
So I think it comes down to simplicity: start new brewers off with partial boils, using gear that they have accessible, and don't worry about stuck ferments or stalled starts. It sort of goes hand in hand with the LHBS mission to attract new brewers.
So, it's normal for them and for most beginners to get exposed to brewing in this manner...but clearly, many people are not content to rest on their laurels.
That you are sort of asking 'what's next?' that makes you just like the rest of us weirdos.
Hey, at least the LHBS didn't sell you a Mr Beer and tell you that you expand with it as needed...