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Old 10-29-2012, 05:46 PM   #21
Sep 2011
Corona, ca
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1. Paid more attention to healthy yeast pitch

2. Started listening to all the brewing network shows I can!
3. Scouring through web pages about brewing!
4. Temp control
All good stuff

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Old 10-29-2012, 06:06 PM   #22
Apr 2012
Lincoln County, TN
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1) Doing one month primary instead of the 1-2 weeks per the directions.
2) Reactivating and feeding the yeast prior to pitching
3) Joining a local home brew club plus joining HBT
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Skeeter Pee 10/6/2012
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Old 10-29-2012, 06:08 PM   #23

(1) proper pitching rates

(2) pure O2 at pitching

(3) careful fermentation temperature control
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Old 10-30-2012, 12:15 AM   #24
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Sep 2010
London, Ontario
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1) Built a Stainless steel RIMS brewery.
2) Making yeast starters on a stirplate (to achieve proper pitch rates)
3) Fermentation temperature control.

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Old 10-30-2012, 01:05 AM   #25
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Feb 2011
Princeton Jct, NJ
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1. Learned to not use soft water
2. Switched to all-grain
3. Started using gravity readings to monitor fermentation

Off-topic, but many people are mentioning fermentation temp. control. How do you manage that? All I can do is stick it in the basement where the temperature stays constant about 65-70 degrees.

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Old 10-30-2012, 01:26 AM   #26
Sep 2010
santa monica, California
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-All Grain using a 10 Gal cooler and burner instead of stove top
-More Patience
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Old 10-30-2012, 01:29 AM   #27
Jan 2012
Atlana, GA
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1. Fermentation control
2. Injecting pure oxygen into wort prior to pitch
3. Pitching correct amount of yeast at the proper temperature

And 4. Making sure water is good to brew with by using campden tablets and filter.

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Old 10-30-2012, 01:32 AM   #28
Dec 2011
Granger, IN
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1) All Grain (This didn't make better beer, but made me pay more attention to the process and that made better beer)
2) Beersmith (Being able to modify the recipe to fit my equipment ment hitting targets better)
3) Relaxing (Once I stopped worrying about my beer and instead had fun with it, I started to make better beer)
and a 4) Kegging (kegging got me to get more friends to drink my beer which ment more beer needed brewing, clearer beer, and allowed me to play with carb levels)

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Old 10-30-2012, 02:06 AM   #29
May 2012
Wash, DC
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1. Drink different beers
2. Brew a lot
3. Slow down the process when I need to, and speed it up where I can.

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Old 10-30-2012, 02:24 AM   #30
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Feb 2009
Columbus, Ohio
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1. Fermentation Temp Control
2. Yeast health- proper pitch rate, oxygenation
3. Education- HBT, The Brewing Network pod casts, joined a homebrew Club, and of course Palmers How to Brew.

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