Happy HolidaySs Giveaway - Winners Re-Re-Drawn - 24 hours to Claim!

Get your HBT Growlers, Shirts and Membership before the Rush!


Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > General Beer Discussion > Why does there appear to be so much anxiety about brewing?
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 02-26-2013, 06:08 PM   #21
CastleHollow
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
CastleHollow's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Midlothian, VA
Posts: 672
Liked 101 Times on 72 Posts
Likes Given: 60

Default

Perversely, I think the abundance of information can also inspire a lot of worry. Imagination is a powerful thing. If you browse these forums, both as a new brewer or as a seasoned brewer, you can find all sorts of things that you may never have even considered. I started brewing more than 20 years ago, with only one book as the basis of all my knowledge. Didn’t even know I should be worrying about things like the risk of infections from secondary transfers until coming here! (Still transfer just about everything to a secondary--horrors!)

Many of us probably work in industries where precision, excellence, and quality system designs are paramount to ensure the desired outcome for our product or service. Twelve hours a day I’m in healthcare, where you can lose your license and people can die if you’re not paying attention. It’s nice to have a hobby that is stress free in comparison. I think the slogan of my brewery is “Oh, well!” As in, “Missed my mash temp? Oh, well!” “Fermentation temps off by a few degrees? Oh, well!” “A moth just landed in my wort? Oh, well!” Despite all the calamities, the truth is that I make damn good beer. I expect many folks around here do the same.

__________________
CastleHollow is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-26-2013, 06:16 PM   #22
m_stodd
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: milwaukee, WI
Posts: 331
Liked 56 Times on 38 Posts

Default

+1 Time and money

If you think you've messed something up which will give you a worthless beer in 6 weeks, it's better to ask to find out what state your beer is in, and if there's something that needs to be done to fix it.

"I didn't get the lid on my fermenter all the way, and my cat jumped in, is it okay?"

Probably not, don't RDWHAHB. Dump it, make a new beer ASAP (DIMANBASAP).

__________________
m_stodd is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-26-2013, 06:22 PM   #23
Komodo
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Komodo's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Bloomington, IN
Posts: 303
Liked 17 Times on 15 Posts
Likes Given: 2

Default

It always kills me how eager people are to dump their beer.

__________________
Komodo is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-26-2013, 07:23 PM   #24
TrickyDick
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 1 reviews
 
TrickyDick's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: near Orlando, FL
Posts: 2,135
Liked 148 Times on 118 Posts
Likes Given: 60

Default

I know! I had a thermo issue a couple years ago on a long stem bimetallic thermo was off and my mash was way too hot, but I didn't know until beer finished at 1.023 ish. I ultimately refused to dump, blend, or distill it. I ended up using liquid Beano and it attenuated to drinkable levels, and was what I would call drinkable but not what I was aiming for.

TD

__________________
TrickyDick is online now
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-26-2013, 08:16 PM   #25
Komodo
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Komodo's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Bloomington, IN
Posts: 303
Liked 17 Times on 15 Posts
Likes Given: 2

Default

oooo we can't talk about that third option, but that's what I always think when people want to dump . . .WTF people?!

__________________
Komodo is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-26-2013, 09:16 PM   #26
ScottG58
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: West Des Moines, Iowa
Posts: 363
Liked 67 Times on 43 Posts
Likes Given: 11

Default

I think the hobby attracts people who are perfectionists. It requires some technical expertise. The toys can be complex. There is science involved. We probably start with goals to replicate a beer made by professionals. Fermentation does not look or smell perfect.

__________________
ScottG58 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-26-2013, 10:31 PM   #27
Echoloc8
Acolyte of Fermentalism
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Echoloc8's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Alabaster, Alabama
Posts: 359
Liked 35 Times on 29 Posts
Likes Given: 18

Default

More than a few people have others watching when they get started brewing (thirsty buddies, skeptical wives/girlfriends/boyfriends), and they'd hate to have anything to tell their observers besides a happy ending.

Also, how well do you remember what the process sounded like to you as a newbie? For people who might or might not ever have cooked anything more complicated than grill steak or ramen noodles, it can sound like rocket surgery. Add in all the jargon (mash, gravity, lauter, hydrometer, sparge, kraeusen, siphon, etc., etc.) and the admonitions to BY GOD SANITIZE EVERYTHING and I can easily see how paranoia would take hold.

Luckily beer is pretty forgiving for the conscientious. I remember worrying over my first extract & steep red ale back in 2002. Woke up in the middle of the night to watch the airlock, freaked out at slow fermentation, asked everyone reading my blog what they thought was wrong, the works. Made an amazing beer. Was completely hooked.

-Rich

__________________
Primary: Aroma hop experiment ale | 2013 EdWort's Apfelwein | 2012 JAOM 3-gal | 2013 JAOM 5-gal
Secondary: 2013 Velvet Hammer RIS | 2012 Kit Raspberry Merlot | 2014 Peach Sauvignon Blanc
Bottled: Rich's Legal Wit | 2013 Fireside Barleywine | 2007 Oaked orange blossom mead | 2013 Kit Cabernet
Kegged: Red Rye Ale | empty
On Deck: TBD
Echoloc8 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-26-2013, 10:34 PM   #28
histo320
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Manteno, IL
Posts: 1,061
Liked 33 Times on 23 Posts
Likes Given: 9

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by MoPhunk View Post
Never had an anxious brew day. I brew as a hobby. My hobbies are supposed to help me de-stress.
My words exactly. I have a great time brewing and worry more about the LHBS having my ingredients.
__________________
Tyler's Brewhaus

Drinking - Highland Gaelic Ale Clone
Primary - Highrise IPA
Up Next - None More Black Vanilla Stout, Heady Topper Clone (if I can find a recipe)
histo320 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-26-2013, 10:41 PM   #29
sherma
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Portland, Oregon
Posts: 180
Liked 8 Times on 8 Posts
Likes Given: 2

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Echoloc8 View Post
it can sound like rocket surgery.
Heh. Rocket surgery.
__________________
primary: CDA #2
primary: Evil Twin Red
primary: Mosaic Single Hop Pale
Bottled: Oddsides Citra Pale clone, India Cream Ale, CDA #1, Cascadian Dubbel
On deck: Surly Abrasive clone, Yooper's Pale Ale
sherma is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-27-2013, 01:31 AM   #30
catdaddy66
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Lugoff, SC
Posts: 982
Liked 114 Times on 99 Posts
Likes Given: 26

Default

Try not to worry at all, but I do think about things that I may have overlooked or omitted in each stage. Biggest thing for me is did I sanitize properly?

Beer is a very forgiving hobby and perfect for lazy bastiges like myself...
Don't feel like cleaning the carboy today? WTH, do it next weekend.
Didn't get all the bottles ready? Who cares?! The game's on...

__________________
catdaddy66 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply



Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Anxiety? evolcoms General Chit Chat 27 02-11-2013 01:44 PM
First brew anxiety sime13w Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 7 10-26-2012 05:23 PM
Anxiety Gitchigumi Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 20 08-14-2012 11:06 PM
pitching anxiety bottlebomber Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 7 05-02-2011 10:49 PM



Newest Threads

LATEST SPONSOR DEALS