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Old 02-24-2009, 03:53 AM   #1
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I have seriously messed up my planning. I hardly brewed or vinted anything for the last 6-8 months. I have a seriously depleted wine cellar, my current stock on hand is:
9 quarts of red wine
6 quarts of hard lemonade
3 quarts of hard ice tea
Drinkable now
0 homebrew completely out

We have 2-1/2 cases bottled last week so some in the pipe line
I have 5 gal apfelwien in primary * needs at least 6 months ageing
5 gallons red wine in primary * needs at least 6 months ageing really more
5 gal pale ale in primary
5 gal orange kissed wheat in primary

So how far in advance do you plan. I am going to seriously have to buy wine because no way 9 quarts are going to last me 6 months. I want to avoid this in the future. so far I know that in June or July we will have our grape crop in and I will put up at least 10 gallons of wine from this.
Any other suggestions?

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Old 02-24-2009, 04:01 AM   #2
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I am a light brewer compared with other people here, but I like to have at least one homebrew on tap at all times. I had a bit of a dry period where my last homebrew was finished on New Year's Eve and I just kegged a new one last weekend. On Saturday I told SWMBO that my CO2 tank needed to be refilled at the LHBS and she said, "Why don't you buy some ingredients too and brew another batch tomorrow." I didn't argue with that.
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Old 02-24-2009, 04:07 AM   #3
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My list of planned batches is quite long now, about a dozen. I have nowhere near enough equipment to brew it all at once. If I time it right, I can do 2 in primary and secondary and one in bottle aging, and one in the fridge for drinking. New to the hobby though, so I'm still working on building up the brewery and pipeline.
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Old 02-24-2009, 04:33 AM   #4
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Brewing some summer beers now (belgian wit, amber ale, and a cider), in the summer i'm gonna brew a punkin/autumn style ale, a scotch ale, and a dark, rich, heavy stout to have aged by winter.

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Old 02-24-2009, 04:54 AM   #5
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I'm planning far enough in advance to catch the LHBS when their open, so I can get all my ingredients.
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Old 02-24-2009, 05:00 AM   #6
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When I have money, I buy ingredients or kits and brew like mad. I usually brew way more than I can drink, so everything else just bottle conditions (see also: waits to be drank) until I free up room in the fridge. I don't keg yet, but once I start, I'll try to keep at least 3 different brews on tap.
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Old 02-24-2009, 05:08 AM   #7
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I only have two brews that I do on a predictable basis. I do a bock every new-years-ish. I do a Marzen every Feb-March-ish. Other than that, it's whatever the mood hits me..........
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Old 02-24-2009, 05:14 AM   #8
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I haven't brewed in 4 months and I have a serious stockpile (not as much as others tho). I already have my next 4 brews planned.
Primary 1: pale ale
Primary 2: blondie

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Old 02-24-2009, 05:28 AM   #9
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sometimes I wake up and think "do I have enough to brew?" if I do, and can get a decent recipe, I brew.

Other times, if there's a recipe i really want to try, I'll order the stuff and brew when i have time.

I have 10 kegs, and they're mostly full. A party here on Saturday kicked 3, and I'm bottling another 2 for gifts. That will leave me 5 kegs to fill and nothing fermenting.

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Old 02-24-2009, 12:12 PM   #10
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I think pretty far in advance because I have been getting all my grains via group buys.
Bought a sack of Wheat in September knowing full well I would only use some for the Dunkelweizen this Winter and then only a little here and there to help with head retention until Spring.

Bulk buying keeps me from having to run to the LHBS for 1/2lb of this or 5lbs of that too.

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