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Old 02-26-2013, 03:06 AM   #1
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Default Why does there appear to be so much anxiety about brewing?

You've heard it a millions time RDWHAHB!

I (mis?) interpret a lot of posts here as being overly anxious.

Did I do this or that right?

How will variable X affect my beer?

Isn't that part of the fun of homebrewing? (Attempting to establish a repeatable process on your own equipment while making a drinkable beer, all through experimentation.)

Do you feel anxious about brewing? Why? Time/money wasted? If you had no one to ask, would you still brew?



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Old 02-26-2013, 03:18 AM   #2
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Time and money are a factor for most, but I think people just want to get it right and have good beer to drink.


For the average brewer:
5 hours for a brew day, 2 weeks or more in the fermenter,possibly another week dry hopping, 3 weeks carbing if you bottle. That's a good amount of time invested only to find out you made a dumb mistake a ruined a batch.

As most of us know now, beer is pretty forgiving in some respects, and a down right nasty bitch in others.



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Old 02-26-2013, 03:19 AM   #3
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I am always a bit anxious when brewing a new recipe, but once the wort is done I know that nothing can be determined until fermentation ends.

Even then it sometimes needs age to prove it.

It is probably because so many on forums, videos and books obsess over sanitation, temp and additions to the point of overcomplicating the process for younger brewers which causes a bit of anxiety...quit doing this sh*t. Brewing has been done for centuries in the least favorable conditions possible that would have the forums screaming about how it would never work...and yet here we are

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I am always a bit anxious when brewing a new recipe, but once the wort is done I know that nothing can be determined until fermentation ends.

Even then it sometimes needs age to prove it.

It is probably because so many on forums, videos and books obsess over sanitation, temp and additions to the point of overcomplicating the process for younger brewers which causes a bit of anxiety...quit doing this sh*t. Brewing has been done for centuries in the least favorable conditions possible that would have the forums screaming about how it would never work...and yet here we are
Very true!
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Never had an anxious brew day. I brew as a hobby. My hobbies are supposed to help me de-stress.

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im new to the homebrewing and enjoy the process of making home brew.. only thing i need to work on is patience!! it will come one day i know it ..

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It's a reflection of society in general.
Everything today is a crisis but only until the next crisis comes along, brewing is a game of patience and in our insta-gratification society patience is something alot of people don't have.

Another aspect is people simply wanting answers instead of wanting knowledge, alot of people don't want to search and investigate and develop knowledge - they just want their immediate question answered asap.
I'm new here, one batch under my belt, I had a few problems to overcome and that was done almost entirely by searching and reading these forums. During that time I was amazed how many questions kept coming up over and over and over and the same recommendations as well: patience and time.

Also, certain brew kit companies do promote an image of "brew today and have beer in a week", perhaps newbies don't appreciate how that only applies to certain types of brewing.

Just my 2 cents.

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Old 02-26-2013, 01:27 PM   #8
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Brewing has been done for centuries in the least favorable conditions possible that would have the forums screaming about how it would never work...and yet here we are
I agree

we're doing what people just like us were doing 1000 years ago without the benefit of the superior equipment, technique and ingredients we enjoy. plus we have an almost unlimited pool of resources at our disposal here on HBT and other sites.

relax... you really have to TRY to ruin beer to actually ruin it
don't worry... a couple degrees, a couple pounds, a couple ounces (liquid or dry) or a couple days one way or the other is NOT going to totally foob your beer
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The end product is so amazing and mysterious to begin with, that our minds assume that it must take great skill and be easy to screw up.

That, and the fact that there are people in this world who enjoy worrying.

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I think its due to the amount of work that people put into it and how long beer takes to make.

For me, brew day starts at about 8 am. Milling the grain, heating the strike water, etc. And I'm not done till around 3 or 4 depending on how smooth things do or don't go. Then you wait for 3+ weeks depending on what you made. To have all that work/time go down the drain can be a littl stressful to think about.

Of course, the longer I've been brewing the more relaxing and patient I've become, but those first 4 batches were kinda nerve racking.



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