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Old 02-03-2013, 09:38 PM   #1
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Default If you had a time machine...

...What would you go back and tell yourself about brewing before you started out into this hobby?

For me it would have to be:

1) TAKE NOTES!!!

2) Related to #1 - Keep track of how many beers you have brewed. I seriously have no idea how many I have brewed. Probably around 40-50 I would guess...

3) All-grain is a lot easier than you think and you can still make it work with what little space you have here.

4) You aren't going to save money doing this. Start making a budget and organize your tools so you can reach your goals efficiently instead of buying 3 thermometers, 5 hydrometers, 20 airlocks, and about 50 bungholes over the course of 4 years.

What have you guys got to say to your old self?

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Old 02-03-2013, 09:48 PM   #2
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Sanitation procedures - get it down all the way through the process. Use PBW and Starsan - don't use bleach.

Water matters. Learn to understand the water you are brewing with, or use RO.

fermentation is not as simple as throwing the yeast in - yeast starters, keep temps on low end of ranges.

Edit..... oh yeah, just use buckets for fermenters - they are great, cheap and easy to use and clean.

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Old 02-03-2013, 10:11 PM   #3
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To buy Apple stock as soon as it comes on the market, you're gonna need more money.

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Old 02-03-2013, 11:22 PM   #4
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To try partial mash sooner than 2 years in. Keep brewing two batches every month regardless.
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To buy Apple stock as soon as it comes on the market, you're gonna need more money.
Das funny. I had some and sold it. Replace it with Tandy stock. BIG MISTAKE.
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Old 02-03-2013, 11:35 PM   #6
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To try partial mash sooner than 2 years in. Keep brewing two batches every month regardless.
Yes and Yes.

Be more patient in letting the beer age. I have drank way too many "Green" Beers due to impatience.

Make a checklist for each step in the brewing process and take copius notes. I have not been able to recreate my best beer.

Ask questions on HBT before your first brew.
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Old 02-03-2013, 11:42 PM   #7
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1.AG isn't hard, it just requires an extra bit of equipment.
2. Don't sweat every minute detail. Instead, focus your energy on those factors which truly affect the product- ingredient quality, timing, and proper measurement.
3. Buy big, because it's easier to fill a smaller % of a large vessel than a larger % of a small vessel. Kyle

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first off, I'd tell me when I was about 14. brew up a crap load of heavy BW's and bury the bottles in some sturdy crates about 10' deep in the Black Hills. and we'd go over sanitation, pitching rates, temp control, AG, and then we'd both go pay some of the neighborhood bullies a visit with some baseball bats. then I'd come back to now, dig up the BW and enjoy one with the kid in me.

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To buy Apple stock as soon as it comes on the market, you're gonna need more money.
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Old 02-04-2013, 01:03 AM   #10
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I would say to myself: in the future, your future self is a brewing superstar. People love you and your beer. Fame and wealth come with the territory and it complicates your personal life. But ultimately it's worth it because of all the meaningless sex and being able to afford the world's best treatments for your bad liver.

Coincidentally my future self came to me earlier today and told me that in the future, a doctor gives me a pill that makes me realize I live in a fantasy world and that the world is not nearly as much fun in reality and thus my future self said: don't take the blue pill.

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