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Old 10-15-2012, 01:05 PM   #21
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If you're still brewing 5 gallon batches, step it up to 10 gallon. If you are an all grain brewer, it's not much more expensive, and it doesn't matter if you don't brew as often as you did.
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Old 10-15-2012, 01:08 PM   #22
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I don't have a lot of drinkers where I'm at. I've started to focus in on the science and other aspects of the hobby. Here are some ideas:
- Join a homebrew club, visit others
- Start working on becoming a certified beer judge
- enter beers in competitions
- read a lot of books
- volunteer at local breweries and festivals
- steward a contest
- try small batch brewing (2L)
- try mashing in a French press
- find a way to give the beer away
- brew with some local non-traditional ingredient

Once I hooked up with a few local people bent on craft beer this hobby became a real time suck, and I love it.
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Old 10-15-2012, 03:21 PM   #23
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My second-to-most recent batch was a 10-gallon Belgian split into 4 different fermentations, and two even had their own bottling yeast. All 100 or so bottles came out brilliantly. They are all over 8% ABV and are some of the smoothest beers I've ever made. It was mostly all-grain too (I had to use some sugar).

It's like I achieved my brewing goal and am at peace almost with the hobby.

The one goal I never achieved was making a killer pilsner, but I don't feel like investing in refrigeration.

 
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Old 10-15-2012, 03:26 PM   #24
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Well if you still bottle that is enough to make any of us quit!! Time to get into kegging! As I am sure you know it is sooooo much easier and faster than bottling.
I do both now, and it doesn't seem any faster to keg then bottle really. I've got a batch cold crashing that I can't get motivated to put in a keg, because I know I have to clean and sanitize the kegs first, as well as flushing and sanitizing the beer lines. I have to take the kegs down to the basement laundry room of the condo, and hook up a hose to wash them. I have to break the popets down, clean them, sanitize then, and re-lube all the o-rings. Then sanitize an auto spiphon and rack the beer And even THAT doesn't sound too appealing at times. It's a chore whether it's going into a keg or bottles sometimes.

It takes be 45 minutes to bottle, including sanitizing bottles and filling them, it take about the same to prep and fill a keg...how is it any different?
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Old 10-15-2012, 03:38 PM   #25
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I do both now, and it doesn't seem any faster to keg then bottle really.
I've found kegging barely any quicker and much less reliable. Dealing with balancing pressure made me quit.

 
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Old 10-15-2012, 03:42 PM   #26
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Well if you still bottle that is enough to make any of us quit!! Time to get into kegging!
This is not a solution for everyone! I brew often and now have 18 different beers to choose from. That is a lot of kegs!

I have the opposite with my friends. They like my homebrews. I share some...

Try something very different from what you have been brewing. Or for me, I should do some things that I need to (house maintenance) instead of another batch. Unless I can put it off for another brew!

 
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Old 10-15-2012, 03:54 PM   #27
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Try something very different from what you have been brewing.
This helps me get through the humps....It could be falling in love with a new beer style, then coming up with my own recipe. That involves two of my favorite things, trying new beers, AND doing research, especially for historical recipes.

I'm suddenly getting into Kolshes after the Iron Brewer competition I participated in two weekends ago. Where my teammate and I decided that making a Honey Kolsh would be the best way to highlight the secret ingredient which was ground fenugreek (which we mixed with honey and some fresh ginger and caramalized in a dutch oven, like making a bochet.) Kolsh was never a style I drank much of, now I'm curious about them and picking up what scant few commercial brands I can.

SO that's got me interested again.

Look at a style you've never done, and push yourself to research and brew it.

Another thing is to do something hobby related but not brewing related, that would make you then want to test it by brewing, i.e. Make a new brewing gadget or tool. Do you batch sparge? Make a sparge arm and try fly sparging for one....Do you always mash in a cooler? Try BIAB for a batch, see how it works for your. Haven't extract brewed in awhile? Challenge youself to make a great extract with grains recipe using all those great tips you've learned since that first cooper's kit....Never done AG before? give it a try.

Never played with water chemistry try it now.....

Do you always brew kits? Try creating your first unique recipe yourself.

Just try to change something up and see if it sparks it.
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Old 10-15-2012, 03:59 PM   #28
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Brewing beer is only part of the hobby for me, but not for everybody. My dad likes to brew a few times a year an have at least one beer on tap. He is not so concerned about the rest of the details. Just enjoys the hobby a bit differently than I do.

He's also not so keen on cleaning carboys.....
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Old 10-15-2012, 10:13 PM   #29
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Try decoction mashing Lager and Pils. If that doesn't knock out brewing boredom, nothing will.

 
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Old 10-15-2012, 11:08 PM   #30
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I've done double and triple decoctions. I've decided I just don't have the time.

 
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