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Old 02-04-2009, 09:19 PM   #1
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So this maybe noobish to even ask, but what would the pros (you guys) say is the key to making good beer, the one thing to get right?... Aside from sanitation, that one is boring (yet oh so necessary). There are so many different steps and techniques its hard for the beginner brewer (my self) to know what to focus on and be strict about, and what can be lax.

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Old 02-04-2009, 09:20 PM   #2
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The one most critical thing, in my opinion, is fermentation temperature control. It made my beers markedly better.

Other things, like fresh ingredients, etc of course play a huge part, but I think temperature control is #1.

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Full boils!

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I agree with Yooper.

It doesn't matter how well you sanitize, how fresh your ingredients are, how awesome your recipe is, how huge your boil is ---- if you ferment at a wrong temperature, you're doomed.

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The one most critical thing, in my opinion, is fermentation temperature control. It made my beers markedly better.

Other things, like fresh ingredients, etc of course play a huge part, but I think temperature control is #1.
Whats the best way to temp control? Im too poor to keep my house at the same temp all day (thermostat gets turned down during the day while I'm in class and at night) not to mention Colorado weather.
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Dig a cave like they use to do in the old days.

If that doesn't work, a big chest freezer with a temp controller is probably your best bet.

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...a big chest freezer with a temp controller is probably your best bet.
But I'm poor.


Oh and lets not get stuck on the temp. thing, keep them coming.
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I think the secret is Barley,Hops,yeast,and water...Haven't made a bad batch yet

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+1 on full boils and temp. control. Another good one is aerating the sh*t out of your wort before pitching. I've had lag times as little as 4 hours with well aerated wort.

Also, my pet peeve on this forum is the folks who just dump liquid yeast into their wort. I don't care what the mfg. says, take the time to make a starter! Even with smack packs. It is well worth your time. If you're too lazy (as we all can be), then keep a couple packs of S-04,
S-05 and/or Notty on hand.

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