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Old 03-13-2013, 05:14 AM   #1
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Default I'm never truly happy with my homebrew

Anyone else feel this way? Even when I'm initially thrilled with a brew, eventually I think there are balance issues or something that could make it better. "Needs more pine flavor, needs to be more complex, I wish it was a little sweeter, could have better head retention...."

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Old 03-13-2013, 05:18 AM   #2
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I always nitpick my brews.

I have been happy with my creations but constantly in the back of my head I am thinking of how I will tweak it next time to make it that much better.

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Old 03-13-2013, 05:24 AM   #3
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All I can say is keep at it and welcome to the obsession. Now you just have to decide if you want to put in the time and research to make your beer better or if you're happy drinking mediocre homebrew. Chances are you may never be totally content but you can probably improve every part of the process if you work at it and that will in turn improve your beer.

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Old 03-13-2013, 05:29 AM   #4
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You will always be your worst critic. I am the same way.

I started giving myself some slack one time when some friends were hanging out at my house and one of them headed in from the garage to get a beer. I asked him to pour me something, anything. There were tons of bottles (homebrew and commercial), growlers of homebrew, and kegs of homebrew from various people to chose from.

He returned with my beer and I kept chit chatting. At one point I stopped and said, "This is really good. What is it?"

He responsed, "I don't know. Whatever is on the left tap of your kegerator."

So, at that point I decided my beer was f*cking fine, and I only knit-picked it because it was mine. When presented with my own beer not knowing what it was, I thought it was great.

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I am the same way. I do the same thing with cooking though, so I have written it off to my nature. Constantly thinking 'I bet I would like it better with a pinch of this or that'. ' i think it needs more x'.

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All I can say is keep at it and welcome to the obsession. Now you just have to decide if you want to put in the time and research to make your beer better or if you're happy drinking mediocre homebrew. Chances are you may never be totally content but you can probably improve every part of the process if you work at it and that will in turn improve your beer.
I've noticed a big improvement from when I first started and I've gone as far as building a ferm chamber, keezer, and doing water correction. I really think I just overly critical of myself. I never notice off flavors, just preferences in tastes or appearances.

I wish there were more competitions in the area so I could get unbiased feedback more often. You ever really can trust fiends and family.
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Old 03-13-2013, 05:40 AM   #7
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I have a long way to go.
I've had a couple of really good beers... those went fast, but I've also had a couple that either I just got tired of and poured out, or were so bad (to me) that they were un-drinkable.
I think I'm about ready to pour out the Pumpkin Ale.

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Anyone else feel this way?..."
Yep. Always. My beers are well received, even by pro brewers and people whose opinions I respect. But none of my beers are perfect. There's always room for improvement.

My dad was a wild life artist. He was artist of the year for Ducks Unlimited and a runner up for a duck stamp the one time he submitted. He was never satisfied. He could point to what he perceived as flaws in every one of his works.

I've learned that its a sign of passion and a trait of most good artists.

Relax. Have a homebrew. Enjoy the fact that your friends like what you brew. Plan the next brew based on YOUR ideas.
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It's a common malady around here, 'Not bitter enough, increase 60 min 10%', 'Needs more roast flavor' 'Why do I ever put C60 in anything?' 'Not enough honey malt character' Just looking at my comments from my last 4 beers.

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Story about nit-picking your beers. My first brew was a porter. After 3 weeks in the bottles it was ok but there was a flavor I thought was really a flaw. I have been letting it sit and the flavor has mellowed but has not gone away. It is not a bad flavor, just something that I thought was due to an error on my part. I decided it was never going to fully go away and that I'd just deal with it.

Over this past weekend, I was at the store and saw Edmund Fitzgerald porter by Great Lakes Brewing. This is my favorite porter but I haven't had it in a long time. I bought a six and brought it home. When I tasted the first sip, I'll be damned if that "off flavor" from my beer wasn't in there...I just had never noticed before because I wasn't closely analyzing the Fitz when I drank it before.

Now, my porter is nowhere near as good as the Fitz...but I learned a little something about being overly critical of my own beers from this experience.

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