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Old 09-29-2008, 03:21 AM   #1
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Sure, I could wait until January. But in a world where we are already planning the 10-10-10 beer, I figured I'm not too far out of line. Besides, October 1st is the start of the fiscal year so I'm going for it. Plus it will give some of you a few months to think about it.

Topic: What do you plan/want to do differently next year in regards to brewing.

1) Fermentation temperature control. I definately need to get another old refrigerator or freezer, pop in a Love controller and have a place for consistent fermentation.

2) Better batch planning for certain beers. For example an Oktoberfest that is actually ready to drink by October. A pumpkin beer that is ready by halloween. You know what I am talking about.

3) Barley Crusher.
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Old 09-29-2008, 03:24 AM   #2
Mar 2008
Louisville, KY
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Lets see.... this upcoming year I'd like to..

#1. Get a bigger kettle for boiling!
#2. Get a wort chiller.
#3. Do a butt load of all grain brewing!
#4. Do a high gravity brew, I'm shooting for 15% or higher.
bottled: German Oktoberfest
primary: Ed's Apfelwein
secondary: none
upcoming: O' Flannagain Stout, Ed's Haus Pale Ale,EvilTOJ's McMenamins Ruby Clone

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Old 09-29-2008, 04:05 AM   #3
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Get a wort chiller
better fermentation control
do a sour beer
do a mead

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Old 09-29-2008, 04:25 AM   #4
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Jul 2008
Santa Rosa, CA
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I resolve not to forget the Whirlfloc again.
OD: ?
Keg: Simple AIPA (2-row, Chinook, Cascade, WLP090)

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Old 09-29-2008, 07:36 AM   #5
Sep 2008
Lewiston, ID
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1. Finish the Kegerator.
2. Finish the Kegerator.
3. Finish the ....

4. Make the jump from Partial Mash to All-Grain.
Subtle is too confusing. Subtle only has it's place for aroma, flavor, and insult. Anyplace else, you lose. -GilaMinumBeer

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Old 09-29-2008, 09:58 AM   #6

1) Build up a yeast bank that contains all my most commonly used liquid strains.
2) Source several keggles for a tiered system.
3) Devote a larger refrigerator for temperature controlled fermentation.
4) Overcome my general disdain for lagers.

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Old 09-29-2008, 11:25 AM   #7
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Oct 2007
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Convert to all-grain (missing IC, need to build manifold for the cooler)
Do a few meads
Not have Limited Edition Wines (which come out from Jan through April) unfinished in September
Start buying bulk grain and a Barley Crusher to increase efficiency (I already have the drill to motorize!)
Buy a freezer and transform to keezer, thus using the fridge as a lagerator
Make more beer and less wine (11 kits made in 2008, probably another 8 from now to Christmas)

And finally, if I don't get to do it this year, I want to start 4 batches of Apfelwein at the same time with different yeasts (Munich, Nottingham, maybe T-58 or a belgian and EC-1118 as a control)
MOD EDIT: Sig only takes up 6 lines now. Fermenting: Apple cider x 2, Doppelbock, Red, Oatmeal Stout, West Coast IPA x 2
Bottle conditioning: RIS
Keg conditioning: La Fin du Monde clone
On tap: Maudite clone, Double Munchen, Oktoberfeast, Oktoberfest Pilsner
Planning: Brewed in 2011: 22 (2010: 15, 2009: 29, 2008: 21, 2007: 1)
Wine made in 2010: 6 kits (2009: 19, 2008: 30)

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Old 10-01-2008, 03:04 AM   #8
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Mar 2008
the Desert, CA
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These aren't necessarily resolutions - more like goals for next year.

1. Brew at least once per month.
2. Along with #1 and just like McKBrew, better batch planning for certain beers.
3. Build a fermoire.
4. Try my hand at making wine.
Primary 1: pale ale
Primary 2: blondie

My mid-century modern keezer build thread.

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Old 10-01-2008, 01:29 PM   #9
Sep 2008
Stewartstown, PA
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1. Remodel the kitchen for SWMBO (with a corner brewery me )
2. Start AG brewing
3. practice, practice practice
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translation: Water is for washing not drinking, beer is for drinking. Poppa Boxhiemer

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Old 10-01-2008, 01:36 PM   #10
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Jun 2008
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bigger boil kettle.
better ferm temp control

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