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Old 03-22-2009, 03:08 PM   #1
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Default Why I don't like brewing with friends LOL

Distractions.

I'm making a 2nd batch of a wonderful brown ale that uses 2 oz of Willamette hops. I have had numerous perfect batches in a row - I'm on a great beer roll.

EXCEPT I find out way to late that I'm 1/4 oz short of Willamette. So while entertaining friends who have zero interest in brewing - only drinking I'm looking at be hop collection and trying to find SOMETHING English.

My brain cramps up and for SOME GOD AWFUL reason pick Mt Hood for the last 1/4 oz. Yea - I know I know!! BRAIN FART

Perhaps it was the copious amounts of beer in my system.

This morning I'm looking and scratching my head. MOUNT HOOD? You gotta be freaking kidding.

I am so anal about making beer - WTF happened. I don't have a clue what this will turn out to be LOL.


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Old 03-22-2009, 03:21 PM   #2
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I know what ya mean.I had an unexpected party last night while I was brewing a PM with a late extract addition.It went in at flameout.Was supposed to be a blonde ale.It'll probably be an albino.


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Old 03-22-2009, 03:23 PM   #3
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Ha ha. I'm sure it will be good. And if not? Well, I recommend drinking copiuos amounts of beer before consuming. ****ty beer is always better this way.
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Old 03-22-2009, 04:40 PM   #4
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LOL - I have certain brews that are perfect 2nd and 3rd beers. I was running low on those.

Good call.
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Old 03-22-2009, 04:54 PM   #5
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I think you be fine. There just hops and who doesn't love those!
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When did you realize you were short? Before or after your bittering addition? If you've GOT to sub, sub in for the bittering additions, you'll never tell the difference especially with that small quantity. Good to keep some clean bittering hops (Perle, Magnum) around anyway.
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Good point - It was before I even - did THAT wrong! It's almost like there was some substance in me making bad decisions.
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I fell the same way. I almost always invite a certain friend over to brew, because he really likes to come over and "help". Now, he doesn't drink beer, but appreciates the process and getting together.

The problem is, we always get off on tangets and he is usually interested in discussing politics or software or whatever, and it's hard for me to focus on the brewing. If he would do some reading up on the process himself, or ask questions and offer to help doing certain things it would be better.

I think he is hesitant to offer help because he is afraid he might do it wrong. But there is plenty one can do while I am checking figures on the laptop, or whatever. He just finds it easier to chat about all kinds of other stuff instead.

I guess there is just too much slack time when you are not the main brewer. I almost think it would be better if we had TWO batches going simultaneously. That way he has to focus on his own beer instead of just watching me.
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I almost think it would be better if we had TWO batches going simultaneously. That way he has to focus on his own beer instead of just watching me.
Buy 'em a kit and bring him over for HIS brew-day. I do that to people who like to help me cook.
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A 1/4 oz won't make a difference.....unless you were brewing a 1/4 gallon batch.


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