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Old 11-30-2012, 12:55 AM   #1
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Default Who here is a sloppy home brewer?

I mean, who here just really tosses the ingredients together, always adding a little more malt or not percisely measuring the qtys of the extract.

Adds a tad extra hop.

Boils and steeps longer or shorter than the recipe.

Does it really matter?

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Old 11-30-2012, 01:03 AM   #2
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If I'm trying for something specific I pretty much stay the course, BUT every March I throw together the Mother Hubbord's Cupboard. It's a brew with any and all leftover grains and malt extracts and hops and other misc that I have from the previous year. Usually it's not bad. A nice spring offering to the replenishment gods... I'm not picky about mash/steep times and the boil is random and no notes are taken. So YES sometimes I'm sloppy. Also, I've been known to miss taking Hydrometer readings or taking them and not writing them down...

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Old 11-30-2012, 01:07 AM   #3
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I'm really careful with things that can add a lot of flavor (high AA hops, Special B and other dark crystal malts, black patent, buckwheat honey, etc.) but if I get a little extra base malt to get a full pound, meh, it's okay with me.

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Old 11-30-2012, 01:17 AM   #4
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I approach it more as an art than science. IOW, I'm sloppy as it gets. Beer always comes out the other side, so I'm happy with how i do things.

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Old 11-30-2012, 01:44 AM   #5
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I'm sort of like GoodRatsBrew.
I follow a recipe to the T when I think it matters.
I also stray from the recipe after it's been made one or two times if I think I can improve it.
I also make brews of what's at the house. I don't wait till March, but I make bastard brews with whatever is on hand from time to time. I'm a long way from my "local" brew store so rather than a 3 1/2 or 4 hour round trip ( and all that gas ) I'll make beer from my extra supplies sometimes.
I will say that I think about how to use what I've got and keep track of what I do so that if it comes out good I can do it again.
I've gotten fantastic results before by using what's on hand.

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Old 11-30-2012, 04:35 AM   #6
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To me the word sloppy has connotations of cutting important corners, such as yeast health or sanitation. I'm not sloppy in that sense, but I do wing it a lot. I have a few basic backbone recipes I use for a lot of my beers, but I'm often on the computer in the last 10 minutes of the mash, tapping different hop combos into the IBU calculators.

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To me the word sloppy has connotations of cutting important corners, such as yeast health or sanitation
The first thing that came to mind for me with the title was the mess I have to clean up when I'm done.
In fact, I get done most the time at midnight or later so it's got to sit at least till my daughter goes to bed the next night to clean up the pot and what not.
( I do try and fill the pot and dump some oxyclean in it when I'm done though)
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I eyeball the grist, yeast, and water, only because they are the same amounts from brew to brew.

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Old 11-30-2012, 06:00 AM   #9
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I don't know if I would call it sloppy. Making beer is more cooking than baking. With cooking you can vary the items a bit and actually improve a receipe. With baking, you have to be more percise. I am an excellent cook and a so so baker.

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Old 11-30-2012, 07:27 AM   #10
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Sloppy (to me) doesn't mean cutting corners, it means messy and lazy. So, by those criteria, I definitely qualify! My homebrews always (!) come out according to plan and I tend to be on the lazy side of the sanitation spectrum- I have worked in molecular biology labs since I graduated High School- I know what's important to sanitation and what's not.

As a professional brewer, though, I am immaculate and no brewer rivals my attention to detail and dedication to process. Ask anyone who's ever worked with me. Actually, don't. That's just SWMBO at this juncture.

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