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Old 12-19-2012, 02:07 PM   #1
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I keep reading about those who have brewed a few times and all of them were bad. And others that have frequent dumpers.

I have brewed for a year and a half now and have made only one that I would rate as mediocre and it was an experiment with running off a small batch by adding more water to grains after the first batch was done. It started off as a weak bitter IPA but as the hop flavors have mellowed it is getting better.

Of all the others (34 batches so far) all have been quite good to great.

I started off using Northern Brewer extract kits, then Partial mash kits, then I did an all grain kit before brewing from recipes then I started creating my own recipes.

So, Am I just lucky?

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Old 12-19-2012, 04:06 PM   #2
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Nope. If you manage your yeast, watch your temps, and keep things sanitary its pretty hard to make bad beer. If you keep to tried and true recipes its almost impossible once you have the basics. When you start making your own recipes you will start making more beers that are only ok and maybe some that really don't suit your tastes at all and you decide to dump them. That is part of the learning process though in finding what works.

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Old 12-19-2012, 05:25 PM   #3
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Is this passive aggresive bragging?

Apparently you're brewing beer that passes your quality test.

Either your quality test isnt that tough to pass or you are making good beer....or some combination of the two.

Perhaps I have dumped beers better than your greatest brewing achievement..

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Old 12-19-2012, 06:09 PM   #4
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Is this passive aggresive bragging?

Apparently your brewing beer that passes your quality test.

Either your quality test isnt that tough to pass or you are making good beer....or some combination of the two.

Perhaps I have dumped beers better than your greatest brewing achievement..
Gees! Be nice.
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Old 12-19-2012, 06:10 PM   #5
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Its all about personal standards.

I could say the same thing in the past 18 months of brewing i have never dumped a batch nor made a "bad" batch
Has everyone tasted great? No but why throw away 5 gallons of 6% beer.

I was just talking to SMWBO about this yesterday how my all grain batchs now are coming out at commercial quality. Something i would buy in a bar or resturant.
I used to think my first extract batches were amazing...My palate has evolved and now i understand what beer is suposed to taste like.
If you can also say that about your beer then hey, maybe you were born for this hobby and a nanobrewery is in your future.

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Yes, it's passive-aggressive bragging.

Yes, he must live in an area that has quality water and no chloramines.

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The only batch I ever dumped was a Coopers Australian because after 2+ weeks it was still smelling and tasting just awful. Didn't look like an infection, i think just an expired coopers can maybe.

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OP didn't specify on what his friends think of his beer, if it's only his pallette judging how would he know ?......

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I agree completely, standards play a big role. I have only brewed two beers that were undrinkable, one my buddy insisted we put way too much roasted malt and it tasted like an ash tray, the other the seal broke on the blow off so it got oxygenated and acetaldehyde was the result. Every thing else I have brewed has been acceptable. However, I am getting pickier with my beers so now I am much more willing to dump one even though it is technically fine, if the flavor isn't what I was looking for I will take notes, modify the recipe, and brew again, and dump the previous and open up the tap for something else.

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The batches I made from kits were good. The ones I made with my own recipes have all been much better than that (considered so not just by me ). I only have one brew that I didn't care for, and that's because of the style. I did one partial mash batch, and saw how I could go all grain, so I did just that.

So, I see it as you're doing enough things right to get beer that can at least be considered 'good' or 'great'...

Keep using quality ingredients, treat the yeast right, and don't mess up a recipe and you should be just fine. IMO, the more items you can control, the better your batches will/can be.

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