I into my 3rd generation of homebrew ideology and need some input.
At first, I was a dedicated workhorse of the early microbrew scene, constructing a a welded stainless 10 gallon outfit in my garage, digital, liquid yeast snob, culturing on agar agar, etc. Then I brewed extract for convenience with more than a full time job, mostly for high gravity products.
Now I'd like to get back into all grain for economics sake, buying hops by the pound, pre crushed grain, and getting fast starts with the newer high quality dry yeasts. I don't mind spending extra effort, like making a starter or doubling up even when using dry yeast.
What I am concerned about is the extra protiens that contribute to the trub base with grain in my preferred single stage blow-by in plastic fermenters. I couldn't stand cleaning carboys with a blowby system, because their shape seriously makes it difficult. I also am a freak about preferring not to rack at the exact time the brew is most vulnerable, early in fermentation when I get home from work and find my CO2 production has fallen off. I like plastic for its ease of cleaning and the fact if I scratch it etc, I can throw it away. Will the proteins and hop residuals seriously affect my attempts to make a nice daily drink (nothing I keep around to impress) without chances of off flavors if using a nuetral ale yeast.