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Old 04-21-2013, 11:33 PM   #1
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My smoothest and best attempt thus far.

The keys for me were:

1) I had to break the day into two parts.
Mash and sparge 8a-10:30
Horse riding lesson for my 4yr old.
Boil around 2p

2) I did not drink any brews while brewing.

My moral dilemma at this point is:
Do I forego drinking a couple of beers from now on to have continue having a great day?
OR
Do I drink and have a slightly "less" organized day?

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Old 04-21-2013, 11:57 PM   #2
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My smoothest and best attempt thus far.

The keys for me were:

1) I had to break the day into two parts.
Mash and sparge 8a-10:30
Horse riding lesson for my 4yr old.
Boil around 2p

2) I did not drink any brews while brewing.

My moral dilemma at this point is:
Do I forego drinking a couple of beers from now on to have continue having a great day?
OR
Do I drink and have a slightly "less" organized day?
I say you can do both as long as you don't overdo it. A couple brews while brewing, provided you are sufficiently familiar with your system and have your process down, shouldn't keep you from having a smooth brew day. But if you're asking for one or the other, then I would say to forgo drinking in favor of the smooth brew day since that will increase the chances of getting the beer you were shooting for.
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Old 04-22-2013, 12:10 AM   #3
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I usually wait to have a beer until I start the boil. That way I am focused and organized. I'm also usually doing homework in the downtime.

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Or.......have a few additional brews, so you don't mind/acknowledge a few things when south.

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Well, that works too... When I start at 7pm, that's "probably" what happens... waking up with a hangover and a bubbling fermenter is a bit ominous: )

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I usually start my brew days around 9 am which is a bit early to drink in my opinion. So I usually wait until after the boil starts. I get my lunch and drink a cold one.

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Amen

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I usually start my brew days around 9 am which is a bit early to drink in my opinion. So I usually wait until after the boil starts. I get my lunch and drink a cold one.
That is how my day started out at 8am
28 degrees in northern Vermont but the sun shines into the garage so it was bearable.
Too early for a beer and too damn cold!!
Coffee was the beverage of the first half of the brew day.
Had a "necessary" (SWMBO quote) diversion for horse riding.
Came back and during the boil, as I was cleaning up, I realized how smooth it was going and then went back and made notes in BeerSmith.
Took pictures of my setup so that I can replicate it.
Because I was able to split the day, it provided me with an opportunity to REALLY dial in my process.

I am a true believer in fate, and today happened for a reason. I needed to have this kind of day to figure out how I do things best.
The main thing that I dialed in today was cleaning as I go.
I cleaned any items that I could when I had the hot water available and afterwards I had only to scrub the BK and I was done.
Took pics of setup and then went for a stroll in the woods behind the house looking for deer and check out the winter damage to the forest.
It was fate for sure the way that this day played out...
Just awesome!

Cheers to you brother and sister brewers!!
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Sorry, but what business does a four year old have on a horse?

Cheers to you

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Sorry, but what business does a four year old have on a horse?

Cheers to you
I gotta tell ya, as a parent putting a 4 yr old on a horse, it puts you on 100% active duty for the duration of the lesson.
My mind was clear of everything and as a I watched her trotting around the arena alone and slaloming this animal in between orange cones, I realized that she knew what she was doing!!
I was able to enjoy the experience and think of the brew day and focus on the second half.

My little girl is not quite so little anymore.

Fate.........
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