Inspiration Thead: Post your 2013 Brew Schedule
After a great 2013 Homebrew Resolution thread I'm looking to prepare my 2013 Brew Schedule and get some inspiration on new styles and recipes. How much do you plan out ahead of time? What are your plans for 2013?
January 6th- Heady Topper Clone Attempt #2
January 27th- Imperial Amber Ale
February 17th- Surly Abrasive Clone
March 10th- Belma Saison
March 31st- Marzen/Oktoberfest
April 21st- Double Wit
May 12th- Green Flash Le Freak Clone
June 2nd- Hefeweizen
June 23rd- Sour Cherry Ale
July 14th-Russian Imperial Stout
August 4th- Saison
August 25th-Belgian Trippel
September 15th- Witbier
October 27th-Trappist Ale
November 17th-Winter Warmer
December 8th-Heady Topper Clone
December 29th- Bottling Something for LT aging
18 6-gallon batches planned for a total of 108 gallons :mug:
Post your plans in the spirit of inspiration for all:
I will be brewing 6 batches per week until July, then I will be brewing 15 BBL per day :-D
Wow! I didn't know people planned out a years worth of brewing in January. I'm inspired! I just bought a small chest freezer from my girlfriend's landlord and ordered a Johnson Controls temperature controller off amazon.com, so my next couple of batches will be lagers (my first lagers). I want to do a high high gravity (or two, or three) brew with an OG over 1.100, perhaps a scottish wee heavy or a double/triple IPA (my highest gravity so far has been 1.085), and I'm looking forward to harvesting hops for the first time after planting three cascade plants last spring, so there will definitely be some hoppy brews this year. I also want to do a SMaSH brew or two. I've been brewing all grain for a while and I don't think I can hold off improving my setup any longer. This may be the year for a single tier stand with a couple of pumps and a counterflow chiller; maybe even the year for 10 gallon batches!
No particular order for this year's goals:
my first sour(s)
another stab at an India Black Ale
my first bock
my annual wit
a hef with the weihenstephaner yeast
several batches of apfelwein (including one with the weihenstephaner strain)
belgians: tripel, dubel, dark strong, xmas
a saison with the finicky dupont strain
bourbon oaked stout
an "english style" IIPA
a few single hop IPAs
re-brew an award winning imperial red
my first pilsner
In no particular order: IPA (more experimentation with hops), stout (going heavy with lactose and honey), perhaps another shot at a dark lager, and definitely a second try at a saison (first is coming in 2 weeks time). Other beers in my wish list most welcome, even if I don't know yet which ones!
Honestly, I don't have a plan but I know that I'll brew plenty of good beers this year.. my next batch is Dubbel, after that who knows.. I wished to drink dry stout..
Coffee Vanilla Porter
Choc Rye Mild (2-3x)
Citrus Saison (2-3x)
Tart of Darkness clone
IPA recipes from Mitch Steele's book
Coronado Imperial Red
Plus a handful of others that catch my attention through the year...
This is a really cool idea.
I brewed a crap-ton of different batches last year, hitting about 45 different beers and styles (with mixed results).
This year I'm going to do the opposite and pick 6 recipes and brew the hell out of them until I've got them perfected and down pat.
I think i'm going to concentrate on capturing wild yeasts this year, brewing low gravity test batches with it to test out it's characteristics and then if I capture one I like, i'll unleash it on one of my recipes and see what happens. If I don't find one I like, no worries, i'll just keep perfecting my favorites from the repitoire.
In other words, my focus will be less on quantity and more on quality.
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