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Offline SleepySamSlim

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What I learned ...
« on: October 17, 2009, 01:03:23 PM »
Is there a key brewing lesson or fact that you learned recently or in the past many months of brewing ? Here's mine:

In a couple of weeks I will hit my first year of brewing mark. And its a been great year of learning and brewing with only 3 brews having to be tossed out due to boo-boos. Started out with a recipe from the brew shop - then a couple more brew shop recipes - found BSmith and began mainly tweaking IBUs - using BSmith to brew clones - then more tweaks. And recently tried a recipe pretty much my own --- which flopped.

Key lesson is that its very possible to concoct a mix of ingredients that look good - but may not be able to ferment to a satisfactory point.

So with that in mind, I humbly move forward ....
Some people tell you the old walkin' blues ain't bad
Worst old feelin' that I've ever had ...
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Offline SOGOAK

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Re: What I learned ...
« Reply #1 on: October 17, 2009, 09:16:11 PM »
That is a bummer, but never totally give up experimentation.  I have been real lucky and had some lovely accidents that place in the mid 30s in judging. Brew on good man.
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Re: What I learned ...
« Reply #2 on: October 18, 2009, 10:19:22 AM »
"Patience Grasshopper" I would say that taking time whilst sparging has been the best "What I've learned" in the last year.

cheers

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Re: What I learned ...
« Reply #3 on: October 19, 2009, 07:37:24 AM »
My is a toss up between the correlation between PH and AA, and Learning how to culture yeast and put them on slants (Thanks to Darin for both!).

Cheers
Preston

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Offline MaltLicker

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Re: What I learned ...
« Reply #4 on: October 19, 2009, 07:07:54 PM »
Well, not counting "learning" all of my self-inflicted mistakes in the move outside, I'd say water chemistry is the biggest improvement or lesson learned.  Critical mineral levels, pH, adjusting balance to fit the style.....it's definitely made a difference.   

Once I figure out how much water to put in the dang pot, I should be golden.

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Re: What I learned ...
« Reply #5 on: October 20, 2009, 11:12:38 AM »
Ah, it's good to be back. Cheers to you Preston, I hope the yeast culturing is going well. What I learned this year; brew about 50 gallons of beer before grape crush season starts because due to the stress of crushing grapes, working seven days a week and having no time to brew, you run out of home brew really fast!

Darin

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Re: What I learned ...
« Reply #6 on: October 21, 2009, 05:52:32 AM »
I learned that bottling is a major bottleneck in the HB supplychain.  I am still not kegging, but it is no long an IF but surly a when.

Lesson 2 one can't have too much power under one's keggle.
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Re: What I learned ...
« Reply #7 on: October 21, 2009, 09:39:43 AM »
In the past year, I have learned to experiment. Being a beer nut that loves to try new beer, I seem to change up my base IPA, Pale ale, and nut browns every batch or 2 so as not to completely duplicate these beers everytime. Once I have have a brew that appeals to me, I like to change hop schedules, specialty malts to get different contasts. I think that is one part of homebrewing that I love. It is like sitting at a brew pub and sampling every brew on tap. JMHO