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Old 07-19-2007, 09:22 PM   #11
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I love so many different styles of beer and I really enjoy trying different beers so I have not considered trying to perfect one or two beers. The only recipe I am considering repeating is the one my wife likes and requested that I make more.
After a few more batches I may consider rebrewing a beer with small variations but for now chaos reigns.
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Old 07-20-2007, 04:17 AM   #12
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I like this idea a lot and will probably be in this camp after I get more (a lot more) experience. With say a 3 gal batch, I could probably go AG and do full boils on the stovetop even!
I'm also interested in doing some yeast comparisons, where I split a 5 gal batch and pitch two different yeasts - like 1056 in one and 1028 in the other. Just to get a good controlled comparison.
Any reccomendations for smaller sized fermentation vessels?

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Old 07-20-2007, 04:52 AM   #13
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While this sounds like a good idea in theory, I couldn't really do it. First, I'd tire of the same style quickly. Second, and most important, unless I lived at the equator, getting a beer to turn out the same each time would be hard for me to accomplish because I don't have a dedicated ferment chamber where I could exactly replicate the same temps every time. The ferment temp is probably the sole important aspect of getting a recipe to taste the same every time, because it is the hardest thing to do.

I like the idea of wanting to get a consistent recipe though.

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Old 07-20-2007, 12:56 PM   #14
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well, it would be more of an experiment I suppose to see how "consistent" things turn out. Being even farther north of the equator than you Dude, I have even wilder temp fluctuations I believe. I do not have a fancy ferment chamber either. Just a water bath and aquarium heater for the winter time...

I think more so this is to eliminate having many variables until I can at least be consistent in brewing good beer. I have been having "issues". One of which is in part due to evolving techniques and equipment over the last year. I am fairly locked in to my "system" now and finally set with my AG setup. Now its working the bugs out so to speak. Literally and figuratively I suppose out out you nasty critters!!

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Old 07-20-2007, 01:15 PM   #15
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I have far too short an attention span to just brew the same couple of beers over and over again. For me, this is all about experimentation, trying new things, exploration... it's an art, not a science where I feel I need to get each and every variable exactly right. Now, were I to start a microbrewery or a brewpub, you would have to cut back on the stuff you brewed to truly perfect them, but in the homebrewing context... nah, I'm going to keep trying as many new and different things as I can.

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Old 11-29-2007, 02:13 PM   #16
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I'm resurrecting this thread because the idea of focusing on a handful of recipes is starting to appeal to me again.

I have yet to brew a recipe twice, but I've now found a few I think are worth repeating. Plus, my hophead of a wife wants more IPAs so we'll be doing an IPA (or APA) every other brew.

In 2008 I'm going to work on my Ordinary Bitter, IPA, and an APA (prolly Ed's Haus). I'll likely brew at least 20 times in 2008, so even if I repeat each of these 4 times I'll still have 8 brews that are different.

Anyone else thinking the same thing?

For those of you who originally responded to this thread in July - Did you stick to your plans to limit your brews to just a few or were you like me and forgot about it completely?

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Old 11-29-2007, 03:00 PM   #17
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I like the idea of brewing a batch and splitting it to vary one or more aspects of it. I plan to brew a blonde and split it to ferment as an ale and lager. I hope to just hone my pallet to recognize the different characteristic a bit more. Another idea is to ferment the same exact brew at two different temps(or more), say 5 degrees different to be able to note the flavor differences. Hmm, I need to get like 6 one gallon jugs.

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Old 11-29-2007, 03:33 PM   #18
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For a while, just about every other or every third batch was the same recipe, varied a bit from the last according to what I wanted out of it. It actually started as an AIPA and has now morphed into something of an American Brown. In the end, it was just tweaking a bit. Finally, after about 10 years, I got it where I wanted it and haven't varied it since.

However, I got a bit of an itch, so I might start playing with it again.

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I've got one recipe that I'm going to be brewing for the fourth time in a few days because I was trying to make a clone recipe and I plan to keep at it till I've got it down perfect. A long the way I stumbled upon a couple other attempts that I really liked the results, so I'll definitely be repeating them since they turned out too good not to.

One thing I want to start doing is trying to do two batches at once, especially if its a recipe that I really like. 5 gallons is gone far to quickly. I'm thinking maybe either step up to 10 gallon batches or possibly 2 5 gallon batches at the same time so maybe I can stick to the recipe on one and take a bit of liberty and experiment with the other.

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For a while, just about every other or every third batch was the same recipe, varied a bit from the last according to what I wanted out of it. It actually started as an AIPA and has now morphed into something of an American Brown. In the end, it was just tweaking a bit. Finally, after about 10 years, I got it where I wanted it and haven't varied it since.

However, I got a bit of an itch, so I might start playing with it again.

Do what interests you. It's a hobby.
That's what I'm talking about. Taking a recipe you like and working with it. I've learned a lot from brewing different styles, but I think I can also learn a lot from repeating or slightly modifying a handful of recipes.

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