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Old 08-24-2012, 02:28 PM   #1
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Default How did you convince yourself to take time to learn?

With only one extract batch completed, an extract with specialty grains conditioning, and a partial mash fermenting, I am DYING to brew an all grain batch. It just seems like a waste to move forward without learning what I can from each previous batch. When you guys started, how did you convince yourselves to take the time to learn from your own mistakes and successes?

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Old 08-24-2012, 02:30 PM   #2
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Not much convincing...more curiosity to learn how it all works and make the best beer possible. If I'm going to invest time and $$ in brewing, it darn well better taste good!

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Old 08-24-2012, 02:40 PM   #3
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I'm a hands on learner, though. If I'm cookin', I'm learnin'!

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Old 08-24-2012, 02:42 PM   #4
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First Batch in 1992, started again (big-time) in 2000, and went All-Grain in 2011.

Before I just "SWAGGED" my brewing but now I "even" write things down.

I:

  1. Research and develop my recipes to include Mashing Schedule.
  2. I write down the basic info about the style with the recipie IBU, SRM, ABV, OG, and SG
  3. When I brew I write down what "really" happened... Times, Temps, and Hop Additions.

Each time I brew I try to concentrate on the science and learn a new skill.
  • Grain Selection
  • Yeast Selection
  • Mashing
  • Measuring
  • Fermenting
  • Boiling
  • Cooling
  • Hop Additions


So before it was "sort of" a hobby; now it really is a hobby...

Just like guys that do model railroads, wood working, rebuild cars and other stuff that actually requires SKILL!

Think of it this way::: Hobbies usually require skills and activities do not…

SO watching Football on the weekend is not a hobby…
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Old 08-24-2012, 02:43 PM   #5
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#1. Can you make a decent extract beer? Cool. Move to #2.
#2. Can you make a decent mini-mash beer? Cool. Move to #3.
#3. Can you make a decent all-grain beer w. single step? Cool. Move to #4.
#4. Can you make a decent all-grain beer with multi step? Cool. You win beer making. Now go make a lambic.

Kind of like walking before running.

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Old 08-24-2012, 02:44 PM   #6
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With only one extract batch completed, an extract with specialty grains conditioning, and a partial mash fermenting, I am DYING to brew an all grain batch. It just seems like a waste to move forward without learning what I can from each previous batch. When you guys started, how did you convince yourselves to take the time to learn from your own mistakes and successes?
I think you're really asking how to be patient while waiting for the results from your previous brews to give you feedback. I say just move on to your next brew if you're ready. Keep good records/notes and you'll still get valuable experience from each brew. You might screw up consecutive batches doing this, (I did) so maybe that possibility will convince you to slow down. But if not, Brew on!
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I started with extract to get my process down and once I felt comfortable with that I decided to go all grain.

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Old 08-24-2012, 02:45 PM   #8
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I say go all grain, there isn't much in terms of difficulty and you will be fine.

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#1. Can you make a decent extract beer? Cool. Move to #2.
#2. Can you make a decent mini-mash beer? Cool. Move to #3.
#3. Can you make a decent all-grain beer w. single step? Cool. Move to #4.
#4. Can you make a decent all-grain beer with multi step? Cool. You win beer making. Now go make a lambic.

Kind of like walking before running.
My next "adventure beer" will be Berliner Weise...

Just did my first Kolsch to include the lagering (nice beer).
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