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Old 08-20-2012, 04:35 AM   #11
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I have learned that brewing with other people who don't brew is bad(at least for me), I get distracted very easy and mess up somehow.. Like forgetting to add hops at correct times, etc.



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Old 08-20-2012, 04:39 AM   #12
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I have learned that brewing with other people who don't brew is bad(at least for me), I get distracted very easy and mess up somehow.. Like forgetting to add hops at correct times, etc.
This. The first time I made my hefe I got caught up talking to the neighbors. Missed my strike temp, og, and my pitching temp. That beer was... Drinkable.


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Old 08-20-2012, 05:22 AM   #13
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I've only been brewing a total of about 6 months so everything I've learned has been very important. But I have noticed a few things that I've been doing(thanks to great guidance and knowledge from you all here on HBT) that people in my HBC don't know the importance of or don't do. Even some of the guys that have been at it for a few years now. Like.....

Keeping a consistent fermentation temperature, fermenting in the lower end of the yeasts temp range, fly sparging, proper pitching rates and temp, sparging temps, really just the basics to having a good sound process and fundamentals.

I had one of the older members in the club casually tell me today that he just sticks his ales in the closet and ferments at 78-80f, I was shocked. I watched the same guy sparge at 178 today and it almost made me cringe. Or another member that asked me if my controlling ferm temps was helping me make better beer. So what I've learned is why and how to do everything the right way, and because of it I've quickly become one of the better brewers in the club.

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Old 08-21-2012, 02:48 AM   #14
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I have learned that brewing with other people who don't brew is bad(at least for me), I get distracted very easy and mess up somehow.. Like forgetting to add hops at correct times, etc.
I can't brew with people around either. It's a private, zen-like experience for me. I look forward to the solitude. I always open a high gravity, aged beer of some kind. Light a pipe or cigar, and become one with my brew day!
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Old 08-21-2012, 03:43 PM   #15
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+1 on fermentation temps.

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Old 08-21-2012, 04:11 PM   #16
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I have been brewing for 2.5 months. I now have a 4 tap keezer, a fermentation freezer, have switched to all grain, and just put my 8th batch in a fermenter. Batch number 9 tomorrow. So suffice to say I have learned a lot. The last few months have been a pretty awesome whirlwind, I am now just trying to remove variability in my process and just make good beer.

One overarching thing I would say is that while fun and rewarding, brewing is expensive and a lot of work.

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Old 08-21-2012, 07:01 PM   #17
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I learned how to make excellent meads and melomels!

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Old 08-21-2012, 07:35 PM   #18
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I've only been brewing for about a year, so I've learned a lot. one of the more interesting things I've learned is to appreciate a well made beer, even if it's a style I don't particularly like. for instance, I'm not a big hefeweizen fan, but if I have one at a tasting or something I can drink a glass and enjoy the craft involved, even if I would never order a pint of it for myself.

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I learned how to do all-grain by using the BIAB process. I think I made my best beer ever (a chocolate oatmeal stout) with my first BIAB batch. BIAB makes it so easy to go all grain. I want to get a grain mill now because I dont think my LHBS mill crushes fine enough for BIAB. I also learned that if you are brewing beer for your wedding then SWMBO will let you buy a 5 cu ft chest freezer so you can use it as a fermentation chamber when you tell her it will make the wedding beer better. I think having a true temp controlled environment also contributed to the quality of the stout. The previous batch was brewed at the end of winter so I just kept the window open in the spare room and used the temp controller I bought to keep the beer warm enough with a brewbelt.

I also learned to make sure your CO2 regulator has a washer installed in the connection between the regulator and the tank otherwise all your gas leaks out after a week or so.

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Old 08-22-2012, 12:01 AM   #20
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I learned that I should have bought a refractometer years ago. No more accidentally freezing pre-boil samples when I get distracted!



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