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Old 01-24-2012, 04:08 AM   #1
Apr 2011
, MI
Posts: 50

Paralysis by analysis . . . I have spent too much time second guessing my recipe and process, it is time to go forth and brew, numbers be damned!

Seriously, beer styles (German Pills or Bohemian?) Water (Pilsen is way different from anything in Germany according to the numbers), Hops, not only which type, but how much and when? Then to factor in the age of the hops, what the hop storage index for them is, etc. How do I even know how old my Hops are? I don't see any dates on 1 ounce packets??? Protein rest or not with Pilsner malt? Mash temp? Do I want a light or medium bodied beer? Conflicting data from different printed sources, conflicting data from internet sources. Is my yeast starter sufficient? Have I selected the right yeast? Will my fermentation temp be okay?


Screw it. I have my recipe, it is time to brew. I will either be happy in a couple of weeks or I won't be. But at least I will have made something, and maybe then, with a bit of reflection on the finished product, I can tweak my recipe or process and try to make it better. Then I can start the whole analysis process ALL OVER AGAIN.
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Tap 3: Hefeweizen
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Old 01-24-2012, 04:52 AM   #2
Jan 2012
Billings, Montana
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Dive in head first man! I'm sure your product will turn out better than expected. Go for it!
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Secondary-[/B] 20 Gal. of New Moon (Blue Moon Clone) and 5 Gal. of Winter Lager
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Old 01-24-2012, 04:54 AM   #3
Oct 2011
Sugar Land, Texas
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Yeah man. Such and such's scientific rules says you cannot convert such and such. Oh yeah? Well my Law of %!@# It says lets DO IT

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Old 01-24-2012, 05:10 AM   #4
Oct 2011
Fleetwood, Pa
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Yep....all the info is a helpful guideline, but you'll never know till you do it!
Screw it, Lets brew it

Primary 1- BM's Cream of three crops.
Primary 2- Paleface Scalper
Primary 3- Monks Reward (Kreuzberg)
Kegged - Honey Badger, Heady topper clone 1, Indian Paleface Scalper
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Old 01-24-2012, 05:19 AM   #5
May 2010
Fredericksburg, Virginia
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The important lesson here is - if you study forever and never brew, you will have nothing.

If you go for it, whatever happens - you will have beer. It might be great, it might be so-so but it will be your own. I guarantee, you will drink it and enjoy it.

What are you waiting for?

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Old 01-24-2012, 06:28 AM   #6
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Florence, SC
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brew with local water... taste & adjust as needed make a hell of a steam using swamp cool and SC winter temp. Got one going now but had 70° outside temps ,,, meh rdwhahb! will be a bit fruity. like that in an ale anyway!
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Old 01-24-2012, 02:03 PM   #7
Oct 2011
Florence, Alabama
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all that matters is what hits the glass
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Old 01-24-2012, 03:55 PM   #8
Nov 2009
, Newfoundland, Canada
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Give'er! If nothing else you'll create a baseline from which you can improve upon. Version 1.0 is hard, but it's well worth building...or in this case brewing

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Old 01-24-2012, 06:04 PM   #9
Apr 2011
Raleigh, NC
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Arbitrarity is the worst enemy of decision-making. It's like a wall. So beat arbitrarity at its own game by just picking something arbitrarily and going with it!

Brew on!

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Old 01-24-2012, 06:51 PM   #10
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Originally Posted by Patrick604 View Post
Did you forget to take your medication again?

I know it just wouldn't be right to kill all the stupid people that we meet, but do you think it would be appropriate to just remove all of the warning labels and let nature take its course?

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