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Old 09-16-2013, 12:40 AM   #1
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Default Brewing Solo, The best thing since sliced bread

I always avoided brewing by myself, having thought it couldnt be done with all grain not having pumps and such untill i picked up a trusty pitcher to transfer strike and sparge water.
I have to tell you the best brew day i have had, no mistakes, relaxing, took way more notes than usual, and didnt end up wasted by the end dont get me wrong love brewing with friends but for me at least usually ends up in disaster in some way
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Old 09-16-2013, 01:00 AM   #2
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I almost always brew alone. I like to brew in the morning. For example, this morning I started about 8 am, while heating up my mash water I siphoned a batch to my bottling bucket. While the mash was going on, i bottled. After that I could just take it easy during the boil. Nice easy brew, done by early afternoon.

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I've never brewed with anyone else, always solo. I think I'd dislike having someone else there, it's nice to have alone time.

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Old 09-16-2013, 03:00 AM   #4
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I brew alone usually. I start heating water around 5:30 ish and mash in around 6-7 ish -- whenever I feel ready. I love it.

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Old 09-16-2013, 03:36 AM   #5
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Brewing with friends is fun but I usually end up making mistakes or missing notes. I do enjoy my alone time brew days. They usually go so much smoother. I do the early morning brew day as well. It's great starting that strike water before anyone's up in my house. Just me and my dog!

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I brew alone usually. I start heating water around 5:30 ish and mash in around 6-7 ish -- whenever I feel ready. I love it.
Same here.

Early morning brewing FTW!
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Old 09-16-2013, 06:03 AM   #7
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I brew alone usually. I start heating water around 5:30 ish and mash in around 6-7 ish -- whenever I feel ready. I love it.
I agree with the early start, but not that early haha, tho with previously relying on friends to help didn't happen too often. I live by myself so i crank my hot water heater up, not having to worry about someone burning themselves, it usually comes out of the tap at 150, so whenever I wake up I am basically at strike, helps with sparge too, so if I start by 8 I can be done by noon
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I get better focus when I'm brewing alone. I don't have other people asking me questions and I'm focused on the task and process.

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I always brew alone and I really like it. However, I brewed last week and about halfway through the boil my friend from out of town showed up at my place. This friend of mine brews commercially for Epic in SLC. Let me tell you it was a treat. As soon as I emptied the boil kettle into the fermentor, he grabbed the hose, ripped down my single tier, and started cleaning everything correctly without directions. We had the system cleaned out and put away in just a few minutes. Normally my after brew clean takes about 45 minutes. Having helpful hands is amazing. Having non-brewing friends around can definitely be annoying...

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I agree with the early start, but not that early haha, tho with previously relying on friends to help didn't happen too often. I live by myself so i crank my hot water heater up, not having to worry about someone burning themselves, it usually comes out of the tap at 150, so whenever I wake up I am basically at strike, helps with sparge too, so if I start by 8 I can be done by noon
off-topic, but:
If you ever seen the inside of a hot water tank, you may want to reconsider the practice of pulling your brew water from it.
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