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Old 12-01-2012, 02:47 AM   #1
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This question is aimed to experience brewers. Over your path to the kind of beer you are making today, what changes (big or small) have made the biggest difference in the quality of the beer you brew?

Is it using different kind of yeast, longer phase of fermentation, special techniques?

Above all the changes or trick you implemented to your daily techniques, which one took your homebrew to another level?

 
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Old 12-01-2012, 03:01 AM   #2
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Controlling the fermentation temperature.
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Old 12-01-2012, 03:04 AM   #3
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Controlling the fermentation temperature.
^^ This.

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Old 12-01-2012, 03:05 AM   #4
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Controlling the fermentation temperature.
Yep. Fermentation tempurature control. That and yeast starters.
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Old 12-01-2012, 11:49 AM   #5
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Controlling temperature followed by longer time in the fermenter. It seems that with longer time in the fermenter I don't need as long in the bottle to get good flavors. My beer seems to mature much faster being on the yeast cake.

 
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Old 12-01-2012, 12:26 PM   #6
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I'm about a year in, so I'm not sure if that qualifies at all as "experienced," but fermentation temperature control is the sinle change I can poin to as having the biggest impact on the finished product. Most other tweaks you can do will make a minor difference on the finished beer, but steady ferm temp can drastically change the flavor of your beer for the better.

 
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Old 12-01-2012, 12:28 PM   #7
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Yep. Fermentation tempurature control. That and yeast starters.
+1000

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Old 12-01-2012, 12:42 PM   #8
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Number one, as stated, is fermentation temperature control. The next for me is the lack of urgency. Allowing your brews to stay in the primary for almost a month and then in the keg for another month or two before being tapped....works wonders.

 
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Have to jump on the band wagon... To go from making good beer to making great beer, fermentation temperature control is the single most important aspect. Happy yeast make happy brewers.
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Old 12-01-2012, 12:48 PM   #10
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Number one, as stated, is fermentation temperature control. The next for me is the lack of urgency. Allowing your brews to stay in the primary for almost a month and then in the keg for another month or two before being tapped....works wonders.

I agree, Patience is key, Along with temp control and yeast starters.. I've also been focusing on water lately. For me, these have made a huge difference.
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