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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, 10:31 PM   #11
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I love the mash, boil, sparge... My weakness is waiting to taste the finished beer. That's followed by cleanup. I don't really enjoy that part of the process. Racking is kinda a pain as well, but hey, God has provided us with gravity to help us out, that and pumps for those more sophisticated brewers... (I'm NOT sophisticated)

All in all, I enjoy all-grain brewing the beer as much as I do drinking it. That's probably why I've brewed more in the last 14 months than the previous 5 years combined.

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Old 10-17-2005, 10:55 PM   #12
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Im with the rest of you impatient folks out there. I find that the hardest thing about brewing, especially after creating your own recipe, searching and putting together all the ingredients, and brewin it up.

As far as the rest of the process, I have a set pattern I follow, and keep to it every time, usually with no variations. From the time the first piece of equipment taken out, to the last one put away clean...its the same process.

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Old 10-17-2005, 11:47 PM   #13
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Witing by far is the worst, that is why I keg mine. Alough I go through it fast in the keg....hehe hard to tell how much is left. Bottling does suck as well but it isn't as bad as having a stuck mash.

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Old 10-18-2005, 12:19 AM   #14
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I like every part of it except cleaning up the mess. Waiting for the results is like waiting on Christmas. To me it's difficult, but I like it.

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Old 10-18-2005, 12:35 AM   #15
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The waiting is what gets me the most. The other parts run the spectrum between fun and necessary evils. I usually start in on a batch two or three days in the bottle. By the time I get to the end of them, I've noticed the taste has changed and smoothed out. If I start brewing more, I'd drink less green beer. Anybody got a little spare self restraint they could send my way ?

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Old 10-18-2005, 12:47 AM   #16
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Please see "Wind" in the "Drunken Ramblings and Mindless Mumbling" section of this forum. It spells out the hazards of drinking green beer.

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Old 10-18-2005, 01:17 AM   #17
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Yeah, ain't it great ? How do you spell relief ?

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Old 10-18-2005, 01:32 AM   #18
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Cooling the wort has gotten to be the biggest PITA to me. I haven't landed a technique that I'm happy with. Plus, it seems to take so much time, right there at the end of a long brewday, and you still have cleanup to look forward to.

For some reason I love fly sparging, though.

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Old 10-18-2005, 02:16 PM   #19
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By the time I pitch, I have had a good six pack or more. The cleanup is a dreaded step at this point due to my current state of mind! I'm ready to go relax with a few more home brews but instead it is getting late and dark and I have to drag my equipment to the curb to hose it all down and then get to the sanitizing...

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Old 10-24-2005, 04:46 PM   #20
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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.

I completely agree with ScottT, Whenever I have a new brew boiling, or get to siphon, bottle, or even clean, It's like Christmas and the Randall residence.
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