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Old 11-03-2009, 12:46 PM   #1
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Since making the switch to All Grain brewing last year, I find that I have a lot more brewing "stuff" everywhere and it was starting to take over my basement and be really cluttered. I'm not the tidiest guy in the world to begin with (my wife would call this a massive understatement)

But after several batches of running around the basement like a maniac looking for irish moss at the last minute or digging through unorganized bags of hops in the freezer, tripping over equipment, I decided enough was enough.

I went and bought a really nice organizing cabinet, tupperware containers and I labeled all of my equipment drawers, grains, and everything has a place.

It has made SUCH a difference in how much I want to brew and how less stressful brew day is. I know EXACTLY where everything is and it is awesome.

I'm sure most of you are really organized but for those that aren't, I highly recommend it. I didn't think I could like this hobby anymore than I do but I love it even more now!!

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Old 11-03-2009, 01:04 PM   #2
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I'm a very unorganized person myself....but my brewing stuff... I'm anal about where everything is and labeled. After all, so much time (the money for ingredients don't bother me....but my time.....that's valuable to me) invested in brewing, racking, conditioning, cleaning, kegging/bottling.....I don't want a batch screwed up because I used the wrong hops or missed my temps because something is mislabeled or misplaced.....Drives the SWMBO crazy because like I said...my garage is a mess...but the corner that I brew in....spotless and everything in it's place....lol...

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Old 11-03-2009, 01:31 PM   #3
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Just last night I found an old glass blowoff tube from like 12 years ago...still had hop/trub schmegma in it. PBW made it like new. Maybe there is something to this 'organization' thing.

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Old 11-03-2009, 02:23 PM   #4
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Me too. I found that the key to my organization was to write my daily process down, step-by-step, regardless of how mundane a step is (e.g. "Pull brewstand out of garage.")

It may seem stupid but applying the principle of preparation before hand has reduced my all grain day from 7 hours down to 5 - in some extreme cases 4 - including set up and breakdown.

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Im pretty unorganized myself, however, on brewday I wipe down the entire kitchen, and lay out any and all ingredients/tools/gadgets that I know I will use at some point. Makes for a very efficient brewday, as soon as I use something I clean it thoroughly and put it away - makes for a very short clean up afterward.

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I can be pretty disorganized. I agree since going to all grain there are lots of parts and pieces, and testing instruments, and hoses, and adapters etc. I got a few containers to put like things together but I do not have the benefit of a garage or basement where I live, so it all goes into a closet. The problem is I can pack it all in there fairly neat, but then on brew day I have to dig everything out including the stuff I don't need on that day. That is just the nature of a closet I suppose. So the end result is half the stuff stays out of the closet in my dining room.

I keep telling the G/F I need a place with a big ole garage or outside structure so I can organize everything. I'm not convinced she believes it will be any more organized though, and frankly I'm not certain it would be either.

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I'm a messy sumbitch. I don't think i can ever change that.

My car is parked on a half full garbage bag in the garage as I type this.

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Sure the neighbor's cat isn't in the bag?.....

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Sure the neighbor's cat isn't in the bag?.....
If it is... it's probably garbage now!
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I am that way. Forcing myself to be organized on brewday is the biggest improvement I can make in my brewing. I want to build a shelf to store all of my stuff, but I also am making plans for a brewcart which would hold my stuff and be sort of portable. When in use, it separates into everything I need to brew on, stand, burner, etc. But when finished, I can put it all back together and store all of my necessaries in it. I'll probably still have need for a cabinet of some sort for some stuff, but most everything should be able to be put right back into the brew rig and pushed up against the wall and out of the way.

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