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Old 02-24-2013, 02:04 PM   #1
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The worst part of brewing for me is the waiting. Waiting for the right temp to steep, waiting for the boil, waiting for the hop or other ingredient additions, waiting for the wort to cool, waiting for the fermentation to complete, waiting for the beer to carb up, waiting to start the whole process all over again... second worst is bottling.

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Old 02-24-2013, 02:06 PM   #2
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The moment just before you open a bottle from the batch for the first time. I always fret if it's going to be crappy.

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Old 02-24-2013, 02:07 PM   #3
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The next in line would be waiting for a good day to brew on, or a day I am free to brew.

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Old 02-24-2013, 02:07 PM   #4
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Cleaning, I saw a quote once that summed it up for me.

"If you like washing dishes, you will love homebrewing".

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Old 02-24-2013, 02:24 PM   #5
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It's not so much a part of brewing. But, I hate not having a lot of time to brew. I have to plan pretty far in advance to find time to brew once a month.
Kegged: Dusseldorf Altbier, Mild
Up next: Belgian Wheat/Rye, Kolsch

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Old 02-24-2013, 02:25 PM   #6
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Waiting and bottling, lol I hate waiting a month to drink my creations and bottling takes FOREVER!!!!

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Old 02-24-2013, 06:29 PM   #7
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Hangovers. All the rest if worth it.
Give a man a beer, waste an hour. Teach a man to brew, and waste a lifetime! Bill Owen quote

Why does Happy Hour limit happiness to 1/24 of the day?

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Old 02-24-2013, 06:31 PM   #8
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I hate cleaning. I often sit down and think how I can either clone myself or build a robot to do all the mundane stuff for me and I can just sit and stare at Beersmith.

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Old 02-24-2013, 06:53 PM   #9
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Another vote for cleaning. It's really bad if you time all the rackings to happen at the same time (for wine). Six carboys each racked into the next, with cleaning inbetween each. I try to only do it every few months if I can, but it can easily take a whole saturday to clean all the stuff, rinse bottles, clean up the mess in the kitchen, eat lunch, fix dinner, ect...

I think "carboy swishing" should be added to a list of aerobic exercises somewhere. Shaking a 6 gallon carboy with a gallon of cleaner for 5 min at a time is a real workout, when you do it most of a day.

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Old 02-24-2013, 07:06 PM   #10
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Once I switched to kegging I actually enjoyed every phase of brewing - except for lugging full kettles of brewing water to my rig, and lugging full carboys from my rig to my fermentation fridge.

I solved the first one by bringing the water to the kettles in jugs, but I still have no solution to lugging carboys. I once saw a thread where a home brewer actually ran the output of his plate chiller down a dedicated hose to his basement fermenters (which I thought was brilliant) but unfortunately my wort has to move higher, not lower, so there'd at least have to be a pump involved.



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