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View Poll Results: Hardest part of homebrewing
Recipe creation 3 3.33%
The boil 2 2.22%
Racking 1 1.11%
Cleaning up 16 17.78%
Bottling 8 8.89%
Sanitizing 16 17.78%
Priming 2 2.22%
Temperature control 3 3.33%
Sparging / Mashing 0 0%
Waiting patiently ffor it to finish 39 43.33%
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Old 10-17-2005, 11:25 AM   #1
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What do you guys think it the hardest part of the job?

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I picked "Priming" because this is where I always seem to fail. I've had too many inconsistant carbonations. Some are volcanoes, some are 5 year old girls.

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after one round, I would say Bottling... not the most time consuming, but definitely the biggest pain in the ass, imo

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Maybe I'm just too new to beer brewing but the wait is hell. I started my Scottish export over 6 weeks ago and it's just now getting ready to drink.

I see others complaining about hating bottling, hating siphoning, hating their equipment, hating the hellish brewing secessions......

Damn, why do you homebrew if you hate it so much?

I still enjoy it except for the waiting.

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I have to say the waiting, closely followed by sanitation, I don't mind sanitizing I just worry that I haven't done a good enough job.

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I voted for bottling - more of a nuisance than "hard," but I find it tedious.

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The only reason I don't say bottling is I went straight to kegging. I doubt I would still be brewing if I was forced to hassle with bottles. Sometimes I'll bottle to share, but generally I'll take a growler or blow part of a keg to another keg for a meeting.

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Bottling is probably the most PITA part, but I put down "Waiting" as the hardest. Bottling may be a pain, but waiting requires the most will-power

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Originally Posted by ScottT
Maybe I'm just too new to beer brewing but the wait is hell. I started my Scottish export over 6 weeks ago and it's just now getting ready to drink.

I see others complaining about hating bottling, hating siphoning, hating their equipment, hating the hellish brewing secessions......

Damn, why do you homebrew if you hate it so much?

I still enjoy it except for the waiting.
I like everything else, but bottling is a bit tedious. I need to find a better method.

I don't mind waiting. I don't get into the waiting thing. I've got 3 batches I'm drinking at the time and two aging - so the waiting game isn't that hard.
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