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Old 05-01-2013, 04:17 PM   #11
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I like pale ales,so I brew a lot of variations on a theme. But I will do something different in between. Like the pale I was playing with that came out more like a hybrid lager. A happy accident that's slowly turning into a new recipe. Then a light & a dark version. Since midwest is 6 days behind on shipping from warehouse expansions,I'm not sure my PM Berliner Weisse or caps & dextrose will get here in time for the big brewday Saturday. I was looking forward to the start of some wheat beer experiments...

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Old 05-02-2013, 01:07 AM   #12
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While a rational choice for some brewers, I prefer variety over boredom. It's the same reason I don't drink the same commerical beer all the time. My first brew was good enough that I keep trying new things. The only repeat was SWMBO's request of her favorite. Brewing isn't hard, though some of the engineering types try to make it hard. Most newbies should be able to brew a good beer and if they want a soured chocolate raspberry imperial porter, then go for it.

Don't let the EACs get you down.

Did you really need to toss my advice under the bus.

My first brew(275 batches ago) was good enough to keep me trying also. They finally got good when I started concentrating on consistency. You may discover you could be a far better brewer if you only realized that
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Old 05-02-2013, 01:39 AM   #13
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lol EAC. it took me forever to find the thread that explained that one.

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Old 05-02-2013, 01:39 AM   #14
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I think it may sort of be the natural cycle of becoming a brewer. You start out, make a couple good beers, and then say "This is so cool!...now I wanna make this and this and this and this...." and you do for a time but then you start to say "I now know how to make good beer, but now I want to learn how to make really, really good beer consistently" and that requires settling down to learn how ingredients and styles interact and effect the outcomes before you can really branch out and have a good working knowledge of what your doing. But hey, the great thing about this hobby is you can do whatever slicks your hair back!

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Old 05-02-2013, 01:44 AM   #15
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Hate to ask but what is EAC?

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Old 05-02-2013, 02:30 AM   #16
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Do you mean that for my second brew I should not try my new reicpe for a Mocha mango sour vanilla chocolate ginger pepper rosemary hibiscus stout?

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Old 05-02-2013, 02:34 AM   #17
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I think it may sort of be the natural cycle of becoming a brewer. You start out, make a couple good beers, and then say "This is so cool!...now I wanna make this and this and this and this...." and you do for a time but then you start to say "I now know how to make good beer, but now I want to learn how to make really, really good beer consistently" and that requires settling down to learn how ingredients and styles interact and effect the outcomes before you can really branch out and have a good working knowledge of what your doing. But hey, the great thing about this hobby is you can do whatever slicks your hair back!
I agree with this. I'm 2 days away from my one year anniversary of brewing (woo!). I've done 11 batches of all different beers, but I keep it simple by just following extract recipes and focus on some of the important basics.

I think I still follow a nice progression for learning. I started just figuring out the equipment and the boiling process. Then I learned about yeast starters, the fermentation process, and temperature control (which I don't have the equipment to perfect this just yet, but I have a good idea on where I'm headed). Then recently I picked up a kegerator and two kegs, so I've learned the ends and outs of kegging. With the kegerator, Ive been able to try my hand at a few lagers by fermenting in the kegerator. And then my next few beers are going to hopefully give me some new experiences. I'm going to brew a fruit beer to get practice with that, and then the next two I'm going to try and make my own extract recipes.

I think the OP has a good point though. Once I move to all grain and get that process down, then I will focus on perfecting my few recipes and working on consistency.
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Old 05-02-2013, 03:04 AM   #18
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I just watched a video that talks about this topic. Kinda.

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Old 05-02-2013, 03:49 PM   #19
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Did you really need to toss my advice under the bus.

My first brew(275 batches ago) was good enough to keep me trying also. They finally got good when I started concentrating on consistency. You may discover you could be a far better brewer if you only realized that.
The advice wasn't tossed under the bus. Your advice, as stated, is a rational choice. The attitude has tread marks.

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I decided after my second batch that I was going to follow this plan (I only have 3 brews under my belt right now). The idea is to avoid the "boredom" mentioned here while still doing what the original post suggests:

1. Brew IPA
2. Next batch, brew whatever crazy thing I want
3. Repeat IPA with tweaks to process/recipe
4. Next batch, brew whatever crazy thing I want

repeat until IPA is perfect and then replace IPA with a different style. This way, I give the IPA enough time to ferment and condition before I start attempting to fix what might be wrong with it...I can't very well brew an IPA this week and then try to dial in my process with another brew next week, can I?

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