Take Pictures of Everything
- Take Pictures of Everything
- Lots of Tables and Chairs
- Brew Outside
Take pictures of your various setups and piles of gear and ingredients as you get them 'all set'. Each 'station' ... the mash, the sparge, the boil, the chill, etc. Get ALL of the gear in the pic. That first time you'll keep having to go scrounge around for a piece of gear here, a piece there, but the next time, since you took the pics, you can just set it all up. Much more RDWHAHB.
Or take detailed notes on paper. But I like the pics, because I will actually take them, wheras writing while brewing ...
You can also use the pics to help you get all the gear into 'station' boxes or tubs or whatever, too, instead of that one giant garbage bag full of crap.
Lots of Tables and Chairs
Have several tables and chairs handy (or build a RIMS
) for siphoning, ingredient layout, and hanging out on/in. This is important to me because I like to:
Brew Outside (if possible)
My turkey fryer insisted that I use it outside, so I did. I was worried! I'd only ever brewed in my kitchen. It was WONDERFUL! I have a drain in the ground to dump stuff, I have a HOSE, I can SPILL STUFF and NOT clean it up, I can clean stuff easier (with the hose, on the lawn!), I can play croquet, I can stare at the sky, etc. Obviously there's a weather downside, and if you're still cooking on the stove it might be difficult ...
I know there is more. What a great thread, wish I'd seen it 10 years ago.