Experienced brewer : what have changed the way you brew? - Page 2 - Home Brew Forums
Register Now For Free!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > General Beer Discussion > Experienced brewer : what have changed the way you brew?

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 12-01-2012, 01:47 PM   #11
unionrdr
Heavyweight homebrewing author & air gun shooter
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
unionrdr's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Feb 2011
Sheffield, Ohio
Posts: 38,988
Liked 3706 Times on 3178 Posts


Def some kind of temp control. But water quality also makes a noticeable improvement. Also,when I started leaving the beer in promary till it cleans up & settles out clear or slightly misty makes for better beers going into my bottles. Those are the biggest changes that improved my quality over time.
__________________
NEW books on amazon/Kindle! Check it out now...
Home Brewing- https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00PBAP6JO
Distopian Sci-Fi- https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00NTA0L6G
New! John Henry- https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01GBV3UXU

 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-01-2012, 01:50 PM   #12
ktblunden
Senior Member
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
 
ktblunden's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Dec 2011
Lancaster, CA
Posts: 1,973
Liked 340 Times on 208 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by Hammy71 View Post
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.
Absolutely. I find when I have several cases of various beers in the closet I'm less anxious about rushing the two batches still in fermenters.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-01-2012, 01:54 PM   #13
skwieland
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
 
skwieland's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Nov 2012
Philadelphia, PA
Posts: 28
Liked 4 Times on 2 Posts


Single most changing experience is experimenting with other strains of yeast in starters AND in watching how yeast physically works (I moved my fermentation into my office). A lot makes more sense after reading "YEAST" and doing these fun, and rewarding experiments!

 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-01-2012, 03:18 PM   #14
Billy-Klubb
HBT Berry Puncher
 
Billy-Klubb's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Nov 2012
Windom, MN
Posts: 11,618
Liked 5916 Times on 3477 Posts


over 13 years: fermentation temp control, yeast pitch rates, late extract additions, utilizing specialty grains in place of amber/dark extracts, different mashing techniques. and I started focusing on single styles until I found what I liked. I keep on experimenting though. all part of the growing process.
__________________
There is a difference between pride and arrogance. Which do you hold in your heart?
Quote:
Originally Posted by Helen Williams View Post
"If ceramic squirrels are banned, only druks will have ceramic squirrels!"
Quote:
Originally Posted by Randar View Post
I've plenty of legit material... No need to go making up quotes for your sig.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-01-2012, 03:20 PM   #15
Yooper
Ale's What Cures You!
HBT_ADMIN.png
 
Yooper's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Jun 2006
UP of Michigan, Winter Texan
Posts: 69,753
Liked 8021 Times on 5605 Posts


1. Fermentation temperature control
2. Pitching the proper amount of yeast
3. Water chemistry

That's about it, in the right order, for me.

I have other things that have made my brewing easier- electric indoor brewery, pumps, sight glass, etc- but those make it easier, not better. Yeast health (#1 and #2 on my list) makes the biggest improvement, probably for everyone.

In my area, we have strongly alkaline water with lots of bicarb. Learning to deal with it took my beers to the next level.
__________________
Broken Leg Brewery
Giving beer a leg to stand on since 2006

organ Likes This 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-01-2012, 03:24 PM   #16
shoreman
Recipes 
 
Feb 2012
, ma
Posts: 791
Liked 40 Times on 32 Posts


Not really a technique but simplifying my process and recipes has made all the difference,

I was able to start over as I sold all my gear at one point - when I got back into it I promised myself to simplify everything.

Now I'm making the best beer I've ever made.

I have a cooler to mash in and a bayou classic setup - a few kegs with cobra taps, 2 buckets and that's it.

I don't really weigh out hops anymore - go with really simple grain bills & use about 3 different yeasts. 2 weeks in primary and never bottle anything.
__________________
Small Bottle Homebrew http://www.smallbottlehomebrew.com

 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-01-2012, 03:29 PM   #17
unionrdr
Heavyweight homebrewing author & air gun shooter
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
unionrdr's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Feb 2011
Sheffield, Ohio
Posts: 38,988
Liked 3706 Times on 3178 Posts


Forgot to mention that late extract additions were another step toward better beer. Lighter color & no twang. Hop flavors were better in lighter wort so far as partial boils are concerned.
__________________
NEW books on amazon/Kindle! Check it out now...
Home Brewing- https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00PBAP6JO
Distopian Sci-Fi- https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00NTA0L6G
New! John Henry- https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01GBV3UXU

ChelisHubby Likes This 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-01-2012, 03:35 PM   #18
Barnesie
 
Barnesie's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Apr 2010
Fairfax, Virginia
Posts: 360
Liked 67 Times on 35 Posts


It's funny that so many of you mentioned having the control or patience to let your batches sit in primary/secondary for longer periods of time. I've been doing this from the get-go, but I guess one man's "patience" is another man's "Oh, I'll get around to it eventually"

 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-01-2012, 03:39 PM   #19
Billy-Klubb
HBT Berry Puncher
 
Billy-Klubb's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Nov 2012
Windom, MN
Posts: 11,618
Liked 5916 Times on 3477 Posts


and full boils. forgot to mention that.
__________________
There is a difference between pride and arrogance. Which do you hold in your heart?
Quote:
Originally Posted by Helen Williams View Post
"If ceramic squirrels are banned, only druks will have ceramic squirrels!"
Quote:
Originally Posted by Randar View Post
I've plenty of legit material... No need to go making up quotes for your sig.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-01-2012, 03:46 PM   #20
unionrdr
Heavyweight homebrewing author & air gun shooter
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
unionrdr's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Feb 2011
Sheffield, Ohio
Posts: 38,988
Liked 3706 Times on 3178 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by Barnesie View Post
It's funny that so many of you mentioned having the control or patience to let your batches sit in primary/secondary for longer periods of time. I've been doing this from the get-go, but I guess one man's "patience" is another man's "Oh, I'll get around to it eventually"
Ha,lolz. This is def one of those hobbies where being lazy can turn into an advantage. Natural version of patience.
__________________
NEW books on amazon/Kindle! Check it out now...
Home Brewing- https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00PBAP6JO
Distopian Sci-Fi- https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00NTA0L6G
New! John Henry- https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01GBV3UXU

 
Reply With Quote
Reply
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
experienced brewer, first time cider questions MattHollingsworth Cider Forum 18 08-17-2012 03:14 PM
Books for the more experienced brewer? davis119 General Beer Discussion 5 04-18-2012 11:44 PM
Need a WI brewer more experienced than myself to clone Happy Heron by Central Waters panicbuttonguy Recipes/Ingredients 1 02-03-2012 04:05 PM
Need experienced brewer to taste my beer jpzep4 Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 17 08-05-2011 06:34 PM


Forum Jump