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Old 05-15-2012, 02:17 PM   #1
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Default Are you a perfector or an explorer?

It seems that homebrewers either brew a couple of recipes until they get them just perfect or they brew something different almost every time. The first group seeks the perfect beer, the second group wants to try new things, explore, and perhaps brew styles that are uncommon.

I haven't brewed a lot, but I'm already recreating an earlier brew, because it is so close to perfect. I want to see if I can get it just right. In the back of my mind, I have some ideas for crazy beers, like bacon stouts, but I wonder if i'll ever get to them. I'm afraid I'd have 5 gallons of something I didn't like and none of the beer that I know that I do.

Perhaps there is a third way. But I believe the third way requires twice as many carboys and a more understanding spouse

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Old 05-15-2012, 02:27 PM   #2
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I'm an explorer I guess. I have rebrewed one recipe with tweaks to it, but I did 11 gal instead of 5. And 6 of those gal were experimental. I have ideas for so many beers that I want to try and just don't have the time to do them. Next up is either a new hoppy amber type thing, or a sour (still haven't decided on sour mashing or to wait it out for the real thing(if I do this I'm just gonna pitch every dreg I come across and hope for the best))

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Old 05-15-2012, 02:28 PM   #3
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I think most brewers are both. I flail around, brewing all sorts of odds and ends then when I find I've got nothing but sour beers and belgian quads, I go back to repeatedly trying to perfect my german pilsner. Then back to sours. I've settled to a resonant period about 6 months.

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Old 05-15-2012, 02:32 PM   #4
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POLL!!!!

Mythic Explorer here.

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Old 05-15-2012, 02:50 PM   #5
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I think most brewers are both. I flail around, brewing all sorts of odds and ends then when I find I've got nothing but sour beers and belgian quads, I go back to repeatedly trying to perfect my german pilsner. Then back to sours. I've settled to a resonant period about 6 months.
Agreed. I am mostly an explorer, but have two brews I brew on a consistent basis.
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Old 05-15-2012, 02:52 PM   #6
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+1 on the third way!

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Old 05-15-2012, 03:00 PM   #7
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Explorer here, I've never brewed the same thing twice. That will change shortly though.

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Our homebrew club has a "competition team". Each member has chosen a specific style that he will brew again and again, tweaking and perfecting for competition. We come together monthly to share results and samples and discuss what we're working on next. We've met just twice but it's going well. That's the perfection part. We each, of course, continue to explore with different brews!

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Explorer here, I've never brewed the same thing twice. That will change shortly though.
this. i only have one brew i repeat.
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I'm an explorer till I find a recipe really I like. I then work on getting it right or on improvements, mostly using technique.

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