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Old 12-19-2012, 01:24 PM   #1
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I've been brewing extract recipes casually for a couple of years now and have recently gotten more invested in brewing.... I started kegging and brewing all-grain batches. I'm starting to feel like I understand the art and science a little bit better, but I still have much to learn.

For those of you who have been at this for a while, what do you feel was responsible for your biggest improvement? Was it better gear? Better ingredients? Yeast starters? Etc...

Was there something you did that made you think "Wow, I wish I had known that sooner?"

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Old 12-19-2012, 01:30 PM   #2
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All the other significant improvements came from this one discovery.

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Old 12-19-2012, 01:30 PM   #3
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Fermentation temperatures.

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Old 12-19-2012, 01:35 PM   #4
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I saw the biggest improvements from proper yeast pitch rate and fermentation temperature control.

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Old 12-19-2012, 01:36 PM   #5
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Fermentation temps, yeast starters and wort aeration.
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Old 12-19-2012, 01:41 PM   #6
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Ferm temps and learning to go with the flow. I'm convinced that if you stress out over the beer, it will be stressed out too. That's why I read it bed time stories and the give the fermenter a pat on the lid before turning in for the night.
Bottled - Swamp Water Mead
Kegged - Ryerish Red
Fermenting - Plinius Maior

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― William Shakespeare

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Old 12-19-2012, 01:46 PM   #7
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Old 12-19-2012, 01:53 PM   #8
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Fermentation temps. Havent had a bad one since

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Old 12-19-2012, 01:56 PM   #9
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Another one for fermentation temperatures. My basement was relatively stable, but once I had my fermentation chamber up and running and I started paying close attention to what each individual strain called for temperature-wise, my beers started getting really consistent.

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Old 12-19-2012, 01:59 PM   #10
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Fermentation fridge with controller.
Primary: hopes and dreams
Kegged: Summer Citra Cerveza, Summer Haze IPA, Kentucky Common
Bottled: Amber Ale
Future: Belgian something

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