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Old 05-02-2013, 03:24 PM   #21
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I am certainly early on and trying to nail down a smooth, quality process. That said, I've brewed a different beer every time. Extract, PM, AG BIAB - each has been fun. What's nice about having solid recipes to refer to is that I know what my hydro readings should be, compared to what they are. I know what my ferment temps should be. I know what my mash temps should be. So if I can focus on my process - cleanliness, sterilization, temp control, boil-off, etc...I don't see much downside to making different beers. I think if I move to a traditional AG setup though I would want to really have my process down pat.

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Old 05-02-2013, 07:49 PM   #22
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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?

You understand what I meant. I didn't mean one recipe, I meant one style(I could have stated it better). Looking back I enjoyed all (OK most) of my crazy brews, but I also know that if I brewed them now they would be far superior to what they were then due to the fact that I now understand the process.
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Old 05-05-2013, 11:42 PM   #23
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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?
This is my plan at this time. Started off with a black imperial IPA because I promised my brother to give him some beer in the 22oz bottles he gave me (and because I really wanted to try out the continuous hopping technique), then an IPA (which like you will be my staple), now started a lager (this will also help me slow down because it will take up the fridge).

Once the IPA is done I will critique and go over my process to see where I need to improve. The only trick here is that I would like to try out AG next time.

(Note: this is what I have done this year, have been a casual homebrewer for 8 years and I'm tired of making sub-par beers)
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Old 05-06-2013, 12:24 AM   #24
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Here's some similar advise, once you get you procedure down where you think it should be then brew a light beer. Doesn't have to be a lager, just a light beer. Any mistakes in your procedure will rear their ugly heads if there are mistakes. Make a 1.040 beer at about 12 IBU's and see what it taste like.

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