Originally Posted by Ridire
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)