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Title: My Brew Years Resolution
Post by: BrewBama on December 18, 2016, 09:19:29 PM
With 13 daze left in the year, I've been thinking about and going over notes from the past year's brews. I've come upon a trend that simple uncluttered recipes are the best for me.  IOW, of the 19 beers I brewed in 2016 to date, the best beers had the fewest ingredients. The recipes where I have a laundry list of malts measured down to the 1/4 oz and two or three hop varieties were just "OK" beers.  Nothing special.  According to my notes, those beers had no distinct character or style. 

This follows Drew Beechum's Brewing On the One's talk at AHA and on BeerSmith Podcast a while back.  This idea that breweries cannot stock a huge variety of malts due to economics but yet they brew award winning beers from a select few ingredients makes sense to me.  I have the ingredients for Seymour's Citra Gold that may be my last for 2016 which is a very simple recipe of two malts and two hops that I am looking forward to.  I may add orange peel but I may let the Citra Hops take care of the citrus effect for me.

Edit: As I re-read my copy of Brewing Classic Styles, I stumbled upon this quote that I overlooked before; "My early recipes, like those of many homebrewers, were overly complex. Overly complex recipes are often overwhelming, and the flavors are muddy. I learned over time to simplify many of my recipes, and they are much better for it." D. Jamil Zainasheff

So... my Brew Years Resolution is to thoughtfully consider my recipe ingredient choices in 2017 in an effort to make great tasting beer.

What is your Brew Years Resolution?
Title: Re: My Brew Years Resolution
Post by: brewinhard on December 18, 2016, 09:55:34 PM
Well said!

I am currently making some well-deserved adjustments (and upgrades) to my equipment and as I loom into the New Year I am looking to try to increase my recipe repeat-ability. I really want to improve on my batch to batch consistency.

My only problem with that is, I rarely brew the same beer (recipe or style) twice in a year and end up waiting a good period before I revisit the same recipe again.
Title: Re: My Brew Years Resolution
Post by: natebrews on December 18, 2016, 10:01:17 PM
I think mine would be to stop trying experiments so much and just make some beer that I'm not disappointed with.  I figured that I'm happy with maybe 10% of what I brew right now.  I'm not saying that it is bad, I'm just not happy, something is always wrong in my opinion.  Everyone else says it is fine/good...but what do they know.

Maybe I can get my satisfaction rate up to 50%.

I also want to make a really good session hoppy beer that really "pops".  Again, I'm never quite happy with them.   
Title: Re: My Brew Years Resolution
Post by: kramerog on December 18, 2016, 10:48:45 PM
Being more consistent/avoiding mistakes/repeatable.  1.  During my last batch, a hose disconnected during the first run off.  The beer tastes pretty good in the samples but I need to get some clamps.  2. Use my new fermentation fridge.  3.  There will be lots more additional steps - to be determined.
Title: Re: My Brew Years Resolution
Post by: klickitat jim on December 18, 2016, 11:29:42 PM
I think I'm tracking with you guys. For the past few months my brewing has been pretty routine and I'm really enjoying that. I've got a base recipe for an APA, IPA, and a Stout that are pretty fair. The exploration has been in hop variety.

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Title: Re: My Brew Years Resolution
Post by: pete b on December 18, 2016, 11:43:17 PM
Mine is to brew a lot. After the holidays I want to start brewing every Wednesday night. I did this during the winter two years ago and it was great. I can brew 2.5 gallons on the stove top biab starting a little after 5:00 when I get home from and be done no later than 9:00. I'll still do 5 gallon batches on the weekend when I have time, which is hardly ever. I'm getting some 2.5 gallon kegs to make this practical.
I have a longer stage goal that I want to start this year which is building a barn with plumbing and electricity that will be a brewery and commercial kitchen on the first floor and art studio and office on the second floor.
Title: Re: My Brew Years Resolution
Post by: brewinhard on December 18, 2016, 11:47:29 PM
I have a longer stage goal that I want to start this year which is building a barn with plumbing and electricity that will be a brewery and commercial kitchen on the first floor and art studio and office on the second floor.

When can I move in to get away from my crazy family?
Title: Re: My Brew Years Resolution
Post by: pkrone on December 19, 2016, 12:00:45 AM
My obsession with Bavarian Helles was re-invigorated after a trip to Bavaria this past summer.   I'm going to continue to try and reach Bavarian brew-vana.   :)
Title: Re: My Brew Years Resolution
Post by: Joe Sr. on December 19, 2016, 12:47:29 AM
I plan to finish all my other projects so I can brew more often.  But to do that, I'd need to cancel everything the kids are doing... I've reached that point where I have no time.  Hopefully monthly brewing.  Hopefully.
Title: Re: My Brew Years Resolution
Post by: HoosierBrew on December 19, 2016, 02:00:30 AM
Hopefully I can brew more in 2017, that's the big wish. Extra hours at work and increased school activites as the kids get older have cut into my brewing time substantially for a year or two. Part of the deal. As a brewing trend, I'm slowly narrowing down my brewing to the core styles I really like best and working hard to perfect them. Past that, just wanna brew the best beer I can, every time.
Title: Re: My Brew Years Resolution
Post by: cascadesrunner on December 19, 2016, 02:37:44 AM
Next year will be the year I get to upgrade.  The only question is 15 or 20 gallons?  20 would require making more brewing friends to take some home.
Title: Re: My Brew Years Resolution
Post by: yso191 on December 19, 2016, 02:42:22 AM
I want to nail my house IPA recipe.  It is all about the right hop combination/ratio.  This one issue is the brass ring just outside my grasp.  I think I've been too caught up on new varieties - too much experimentation.

That and I want to buy another Rye Whiskey Barrel from Woodinville Whiskey Co. and give that another go.  I find that I am really enjoying barrel-aged beers a lot.
Title: My Brew Years Resolution
Post by: coolman26 on December 19, 2016, 04:14:52 AM
Just happy to be back brewing. My winter 16 goal is to build the pipeline. Buying beer, finding it is avg at best, has gotten on my last nerve. Also to put a lot that I've learned here in 16, to good use in 17.


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Title: Re: My Brew Years Resolution
Post by: swampale on December 19, 2016, 01:12:26 PM
My resolution is to make as much beer as I can during the winter and summer months due to a very busy summer coming up.
Title: Re: My Brew Years Resolution
Post by: homoeccentricus on December 19, 2016, 01:14:11 PM
Stop the damn kegging leaks once and for all.
Title: Re: My Brew Years Resolution
Post by: brewinhard on December 19, 2016, 02:34:44 PM
Stop the damn kegging leaks once and for all.

Try some good chewed up gum for that!
Title: Re: My Brew Years Resolution
Post by: homoeccentricus on December 19, 2016, 02:38:43 PM
Stop the damn kegging leaks once and for all.

Try some good chewed up gum for that!

Are you sure? I was going to try out http://www.loctite.co.uk/loctite-4087.htm?nodeid=8802627256321 (http://www.loctite.co.uk/loctite-4087.htm?nodeid=8802627256321) :(
Title: Re: My Brew Years Resolution
Post by: 69franx on December 19, 2016, 07:27:50 PM
I want my brewing to get more in line with my household consumption. Have not brewed since July 30th, and am still sitting on 3 plus cases of home brew. On vacation the 22nd through the 1st and out of town. The following weekend should be brew day and I am planning on continuing the smaller batches I started experimenting with this year and just purchased a smaller kettle to more easily accomplish that. Good luck to all with your plans and have a great holiday season!
Title: Re: My Brew Years Resolution
Post by: fmader on December 19, 2016, 07:27:53 PM
I was able to upgrade my equipment this year which is allowing me to brew less. I know that sounds terrible, but I'm enjoying other things a little bit more as well. I only brewed 7 or 8 batches this year, which is down from 22 last year. Though I brewed less batches, I brewed two 16.5 gallon batches while the rest were 11 gallon batches. I would like to continue this more relaxed brewing pace next year especially with a baby on the way in April. I think 10 batches would be a comfortable target. If it ends up being 6, I suppose that's fine too as long as I'm staying busy with other hobbies.
Title: Re: My Brew Years Resolution
Post by: bayareabrewer on December 19, 2016, 08:32:58 PM
I want to get a solera started.
Title: Re: My Brew Years Resolution
Post by: pete b on December 19, 2016, 09:09:43 PM
I want my brewing to get more in line with my household consumption. Have not brewed since July 30th, and am still sitting on 3 plus cases of home brew. On vacation the 22nd through the 1st and out of town. The following weekend should be brew day and I am planning on continuing the smaller batches I started experimenting with this year and just purchased a smaller kettle to more easily accomplish that. Good luck to all with your plans and have a great holiday season!
I too want to get my brewing in line with household consumption. That sure as hell doesn't mean brewing less. I love when I have enough homebrew and my returnable bin takes months instead of a week to fill up.
Title: Re: My Brew Years Resolution
Post by: Slowbrew on December 19, 2016, 09:16:26 PM
My first goal for 2017 is to finish the kitchen cabinet I started in August so I can get my brewery/shop cleaned up to brew.

My second goal is to find a brewing schedule that fits in the rest of my schedule to brew more regularly.  Right now I tend have a lot of "Dang it, I have to get something brewed to keep beer on tap" and knock out 4 or 6 batches and then not see my kettle for 4-6 months.

Pretty vague, I know, but it's all I've got right now.  My son is employed as a Civil Eng now, my oldest daughter is doing her student teaching and I've got one in college and one in high school yet.  I can see a light at the end of the tunnel now at least.  8^)

Paul
Title: Re: My Brew Years Resolution
Post by: curtdogg on December 19, 2016, 10:36:10 PM
Mine is to buy Brewing classic styles and keep it simple.
Also get a chiller and a pH meter.

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Title: Re: My Brew Years Resolution
Post by: 69franx on December 20, 2016, 12:16:38 AM
I want my brewing to get more in line with my household consumption. Have not brewed since July 30th, and am still sitting on 3 plus cases of home brew. On vacation the 22nd through the 1st and out of town. The following weekend should be brew day and I am planning on continuing the smaller batches I started experimenting with this year and just purchased a smaller kettle to more easily accomplish that. Good luck to all with your plans and have a great holiday season!
I too want to get my brewing in line with household consumption. That sure as hell doesn't mean brewing less. I love when I have enough homebrew and my returnable bin takes months instead of a week to fill up.
Actually Pete, I want to brew more often, just smaller batches. I only had like 8 brew days in 2016. So hoping for monthly brewing of 3-6 gallons rather than the 6-10 I did  for most of 2016

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Title: Re: My Brew Years Resolution
Post by: pete b on December 20, 2016, 12:35:35 AM
I want my brewing to get more in line with my household consumption. Have not brewed since July 30th, and am still sitting on 3 plus cases of home brew. On vacation the 22nd through the 1st and out of town. The following weekend should be brew day and I am planning on continuing the smaller batches I started experimenting with this year and just purchased a smaller kettle to more easily accomplish that. Good luck to all with your plans and have a great holiday season!
I too want to get my brewing in line with household consumption. That sure as hell doesn't mean brewing less. I love when I have enough homebrew and my returnable bin takes months instead of a week to fill up.
Actually Pete, I want to brew more often, just smaller batches. I only had like 8 brew days in 2016. So hoping for monthly brewing of 3-6 gallons rather than the 6-10 I did  for most of 2016

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I was just joking that I can't seem to keep up with consumption.
Title: Re: My Brew Years Resolution
Post by: 69franx on December 20, 2016, 01:03:11 AM
Gotcha. I could probably keep up if I would quit buying special local releases

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Title: Re: My Brew Years Resolution
Post by: klickitat jim on December 20, 2016, 07:13:18 AM
After about 3 1/2 years of obsessing on brewing, then a few months of stepping back, still brewing but not obsessing... this year I'm going to work on balance.  Brew when I want and what I want, fish when I want, ride my Harley when I want... adding in a dash of gardening, bbqing, noodling around on stringed instruments, camping, checking out the total eclipse etc.

I'm glad I went crazy on brewing and learned what I learned, but now I'm enjoying just enjoying it.
Title: Re: My Brew Years Resolution
Post by: beersk on December 20, 2016, 03:13:14 PM
After about 3 1/2 years of obsessing on brewing, then a few months of stepping back, still brewing but not obsessing... this year I'm going to work on balance.  Brew when I want and what I want, fish when I want, ride my Harley when I want... adding in a dash of gardening, bbqing, noodling around on stringed instruments, camping, checking out the total eclipse etc.

I'm glad I went crazy on brewing and learned what I learned, but now I'm enjoying just enjoying it.
Man, that sounds great. Glad to see you back here posting also, Jim.

I'm not typically a resolutions kind of person, but I guess if I had to come up with some, for brewing, that is, I'd choose to keep it simple, brew the styles I love the most, still working on honing in my low oxygen brewing process while not stressing too much about it, and just brewing because it's fun, not because I have to to keep beer on tap.
Title: Re: My Brew Years Resolution
Post by: brewinhard on December 20, 2016, 03:15:48 PM
I want to get a solera started.

Do you have a barrel in mind or already purchased?  If not, a simple solera can easily be created using a carboy instead. Just a lot smaller volume obviously.
Title: Re: My Brew Years Resolution
Post by: fmader on December 20, 2016, 03:20:34 PM
After about 3 1/2 years of obsessing on brewing, then a few months of stepping back, still brewing but not obsessing... this year I'm going to work on balance.  Brew when I want and what I want, fish when I want, ride my Harley when I want... adding in a dash of gardening, bbqing, noodling around on stringed instruments, camping, checking out the total eclipse etc.

I'm glad I went crazy on brewing and learned what I learned, but now I'm enjoying just enjoying it.

Yes. I took my step back last year and then again this past summer. It's a wonderful hobby, but balance is key. I miss fishing (in fact I didn't buy a license this year), so that's also a goal of mine for next year.
Title: Re: My Brew Years Resolution
Post by: reverseapachemaster on December 20, 2016, 03:46:39 PM
We're planning on moving states in 2018 so my goals for 2017 mostly involve winding down my current brewing and using the ingredients I have on hand without buying much more. I'd rather move beer than grain so I'll have something to drink while getting settled into a new living environment.

My 2017 beers will mostly be dialing in working with my mixed saison culture, brewing a little more spontaneously fermented beers (very early 2017), a few more sour beers and a handful of hoppy beers to exhaust some of the hops in the freezer.
Title: Re: My Brew Years Resolution
Post by: yso191 on December 20, 2016, 03:56:54 PM
We're planning on moving states in 2018 so my goals for 2017 mostly involve winding down my current brewing and using the ingredients I have on hand without buying much more. I'd rather move beer than grain so I'll have something to drink while getting settled into a new living environment.

My 2017 beers will mostly be dialing in working with my mixed saison culture, brewing a little more spontaneously fermented beers (very early 2017), a few more sour beers and a handful of hoppy beers to exhaust some of the hops in the freezer.

To what region are you moving?
Title: Re: My Brew Years Resolution
Post by: blatz on December 20, 2016, 04:00:47 PM
Mine is to try and turn over my ingredients more efficiently - i.e. not over order when placing orders online. 
Title: Re: My Brew Years Resolution
Post by: Peculiar Thomas on December 20, 2016, 04:45:13 PM
My resolution is to brew more and continue to refine my system and my practices. I've already jumped the gun on my usual annual upgrades, adding temperature controllers to my FVs. I am trying to use my past notes and experiences, more, to understand what it is I am trying to accomplish with a recipe, or a change. I would also like to find more ways to share my results, especially since my output is starting to outpace my ability to enjoy and those of my usual recipients of gifts and bottle shares. I am kind of on the fence about more competitions, mostly because I've found it hard enough to schedule my brewing and packaging days without taking an arbitrary submission deadline into account.
Title: Re: My Brew Years Resolution
Post by: denny on December 20, 2016, 06:48:45 PM
We'd love to hear you Brew Year's resolutions for the podcast!  Call 626.765.1ALE....leave your name and a 15-20 second message about your resolution and it may end up on the show!
Title: Re: My Brew Years Resolution
Post by: udubdawg on December 20, 2016, 07:10:35 PM
Getting supply in line with consumption sounds like a good idea.  I'll see you guys in 2030.
Title: Re: My Brew Years Resolution
Post by: brewinhard on December 20, 2016, 07:30:40 PM
Mine is to try and turn over my ingredients more efficiently - i.e. not over order when placing orders online.

I actually started doing this last year. I used to buy lots of sacks of different grains all the time simply becuause I like to brew a huge variety of beer styles and I would tailor each recipe to the countries origin for grain usage.
Many times I would end up not finishing the sack fully and waste some of it as I felt it was not as fresh as it possibly could be for brewing.

Now, I just buy enough for a few recipes in advance and make sure that all of the grains get used. Less waste, more beer.
Title: Re: My Brew Years Resolution
Post by: homoeccentricus on December 20, 2016, 09:45:02 PM
Stop the damn kegging leaks once and for all.

Try some good chewed up gum for that!

May have solved the problem by throwing out the supercrappy manometer. If confirmed I will enjoy a resolution-free 2017.
Title: Re: My Brew Years Resolution
Post by: klickitat jim on December 20, 2016, 11:35:31 PM
After about 3 1/2 years of obsessing on brewing, then a few months of stepping back, still brewing but not obsessing... this year I'm going to work on balance.  Brew when I want and what I want, fish when I want, ride my Harley when I want... adding in a dash of gardening, bbqing, noodling around on stringed instruments, camping, checking out the total eclipse etc.

I'm glad I went crazy on brewing and learned what I learned, but now I'm enjoying just enjoying it.

Yes. I took my step back last year and then again this past summer. It's a wonderful hobby, but balance is key. I miss fishing (in fact I didn't buy a license this year), so that's also a goal of mine for next year.
If an obsession exists this year it will probably be fishing. I have both washington and Oregon license, and I recently got into fly fishing. In particular, two handed spey casting Skagit heads, swinging flies for stealhead. So far no fish but at least I've gotten to where I can cast the thing lol. With January coming i am looking forward to the winter runs on the Hood and Washougal.
Title: Re: My Brew Years Resolution
Post by: brewinhard on December 21, 2016, 12:27:21 AM
After about 3 1/2 years of obsessing on brewing, then a few months of stepping back, still brewing but not obsessing... this year I'm going to work on balance.  Brew when I want and what I want, fish when I want, ride my Harley when I want... adding in a dash of gardening, bbqing, noodling around on stringed instruments, camping, checking out the total eclipse etc.

I'm glad I went crazy on brewing and learned what I learned, but now I'm enjoying just enjoying it.

Yes. I took my step back last year and then again this past summer. It's a wonderful hobby, but balance is key. I miss fishing (in fact I didn't buy a license this year), so that's also a goal of mine for next year.
If an obsession exists this year it will probably be fishing. I have both washington and Oregon license, and I recently got into fly fishing. In particular, two handed spey casting Skagit heads, swinging flies for stealhead. So far no fish but at least I've gotten to where I can cast the thing lol. With January coming i am looking forward to the winter runs on the Hood and Washougal.

Oh man, you are in some prime location for that!  Lucky man.
Title: Re: My Brew Years Resolution
Post by: HoosierBrew on December 21, 2016, 12:30:56 AM
After about 3 1/2 years of obsessing on brewing, then a few months of stepping back, still brewing but not obsessing... this year I'm going to work on balance.  Brew when I want and what I want, fish when I want, ride my Harley when I want... adding in a dash of gardening, bbqing, noodling around on stringed instruments, camping, checking out the total eclipse etc.

I'm glad I went crazy on brewing and learned what I learned, but now I'm enjoying just enjoying it.

Yes. I took my step back last year and then again this past summer. It's a wonderful hobby, but balance is key. I miss fishing (in fact I didn't buy a license this year), so that's also a goal of mine for next year.
If an obsession exists this year it will probably be fishing. I have both washington and Oregon license, and I recently got into fly fishing. In particular, two handed spey casting Skagit heads, swinging flies for stealhead. So far no fish but at least I've gotten to where I can cast the thing lol. With January coming i am looking forward to the winter runs on the Hood and Washougal.

Oh man, you are in some prime location for that!  Lucky man.


No joke. I'd love to fish up in the PNW. Some day.
Title: Re: My Brew Years Resolution
Post by: klickitat jim on December 21, 2016, 12:38:05 AM
I got away from fishing for several years but our vacation in Montana this past September rekindled it. I live 5 minutes from a steelhead river that people flock to from all over the planet... so I figured what a waste. Time to take advantage of it
Title: Re: My Brew Years Resolution
Post by: Joe Sr. on December 21, 2016, 02:06:01 AM
Nice. Montana fishing is sweet. I was casting in the Blackfoot last summer. Caught a 21 inch rainbow, but not in the river. That was a pond. Tried to fish locally this summer but Chicago fishing ain't Montana. And the kids kept me too busy for early early morning fishing. I bought a nice new rod though. Was going for some salmon but oh well.


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Title: Re: My Brew Years Resolution
Post by: Ale Farmer on December 21, 2016, 03:22:52 AM
Now that I have a regular rotation of brews throughout the year (after 3 years into brewing), my 2017 brew plans are to experiment with different yeasts and hops and grains for each beer. Will slip in some new brews, too--a Maibock this winter and, next fall, a nut brown ale.
Title: Re: My Brew Years Resolution
Post by: klickitat jim on December 21, 2016, 09:56:57 AM
Nice. Montana fishing is sweet. I was casting in the Blackfoot last summer. Caught a 21 inch rainbow, but not in the river. That was a pond. Tried to fish locally this summer but Chicago fishing ain't Montana. And the kids kept me too busy for early early morning fishing. I bought a nice new rod though. Was going for some salmon but oh well.


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Awesome Joe
Title: Re: My Brew Years Resolution
Post by: fmader on December 21, 2016, 01:54:45 PM
After about 3 1/2 years of obsessing on brewing, then a few months of stepping back, still brewing but not obsessing... this year I'm going to work on balance.  Brew when I want and what I want, fish when I want, ride my Harley when I want... adding in a dash of gardening, bbqing, noodling around on stringed instruments, camping, checking out the total eclipse etc.

I'm glad I went crazy on brewing and learned what I learned, but now I'm enjoying just enjoying it.

Yes. I took my step back last year and then again this past summer. It's a wonderful hobby, but balance is key. I miss fishing (in fact I didn't buy a license this year), so that's also a goal of mine for next year.
If an obsession exists this year it will probably be fishing. I have both washington and Oregon license, and I recently got into fly fishing. In particular, two handed spey casting Skagit heads, swinging flies for stealhead. So far no fish but at least I've gotten to where I can cast the thing lol. With January coming i am looking forward to the winter runs on the Hood and Washougal.

I love how styles of fishing changes by region. There's nowhere to really catch any native trout around here. Just stocked if you want to deal with that nonsense. I hope to spend more nights on the banks of the Ohio River in search for that monster flathead or make a couple walleye or perch trips to Lake Erie. My grandfather passed away 10 days ago. He and I fished almost every day when I was younger. We spoke on thanksgiving... neither one of us got a license this year. That didn't sit well with me. I owe it to him to get out and drown some worms next year..... Of course with a home brew in hand  ;)
Title: Re: My Brew Years Resolution
Post by: reverseapachemaster on December 21, 2016, 03:47:36 PM
We're planning on moving states in 2018 so my goals for 2017 mostly involve winding down my current brewing and using the ingredients I have on hand without buying much more. I'd rather move beer than grain so I'll have something to drink while getting settled into a new living environment.

My 2017 beers will mostly be dialing in working with my mixed saison culture, brewing a little more spontaneously fermented beers (very early 2017), a few more sour beers and a handful of hoppy beers to exhaust some of the hops in the freezer.

To what region are you moving?

Denver
Title: Re: My Brew Years Resolution
Post by: beersk on December 21, 2016, 04:10:51 PM
We're planning on moving states in 2018 so my goals for 2017 mostly involve winding down my current brewing and using the ingredients I have on hand without buying much more. I'd rather move beer than grain so I'll have something to drink while getting settled into a new living environment.

My 2017 beers will mostly be dialing in working with my mixed saison culture, brewing a little more spontaneously fermented beers (very early 2017), a few more sour beers and a handful of hoppy beers to exhaust some of the hops in the freezer.

To what region are you moving?

Denver
Jealous, I'd love to live around that area. Why don't I? I'm 33, not married, no kids, no set career...wtf? I gotta makes some gawd d@mn changes!
Title: Re: My Brew Years Resolution
Post by: Visor on December 21, 2016, 11:37:45 PM
We're planning on moving states in 2018 so my goals for 2017 mostly involve winding down my current brewing and using the ingredients I have on hand without buying much more. I'd rather move beer than grain so I'll have something to drink while getting settled into a new living environment.

My 2017 beers will mostly be dialing in working with my mixed saison culture, brewing a little more spontaneously fermented beers (very early 2017), a few more sour beers and a handful of hoppy beers to exhaust some of the hops in the freezer.

To what region are you moving?

Denver
Jealous, I'd love to live around that area. Why don't I? I'm 33, not married, no kids, no set career...wtf? I gotta makes some gawd d@mn changes!
  I lived there a long time ago [Golden area] and hated it, couldn't wait to GTFOOD! To be fair, there are a whole lot worse places though.
Title: Re: My Brew Years Resolution
Post by: Phil_M on December 22, 2016, 12:29:40 AM
Brew more than twice a quarter, get my system to a point where low O2 brewing is feasible. Brew more cask ale.
Title: Re: My Brew Years Resolution
Post by: kgs on December 22, 2016, 02:13:44 PM
Years ago, I had a goal for 2017 to build a pump-driven, all-electric, mobile brew stand. But it's possible we'll be moving (in the same town, most likely) and after changing homes twice since I started brewing in 2009, I know that what I need for effective brewing changes with every home.

My goals are to brew more frequently (I should be able to do that by March) and start playing with water. Every time I say I'm going to do that (get RO water, use various salts, etc.) I chicken out and go for filtered water from our fridge dispenser with a piece of Campden tablet. I don't know why I have such a mental block. Yes, it takes a while to get enough water through that dispenser, though I brew 3-gallon batches, and it's faster than driving to the store for spring water.

I was going to get in a brew last Sunday but we didn't get to the LHBS in the city we were in on Saturday, which scotched that plan. But I'm off for 12 days starting tomorrow and at least one of them will be a brew day.
Title: Re: My Brew Years Resolution
Post by: beersk on December 22, 2016, 02:23:26 PM
I don't know why I have such a mental block. Yes, it takes a while to get enough water through that dispenser, though I brew 3-gallon batches, and it's faster than driving to the store for spring water.


It's really pretty easy, at least you know you're starting with a blank slate. For your purposes, RO from the store and a teaspoon or a bit less of calcium chloride or gypsum would be all you need along with some way to acidify the mash depending on the beer you're brewing. Simple way to get into building your own water profiles.

I should've mentioned that for a resolution, I'd like to get a stout faucet setup and start brewing more styles for that. I've imagined having black IPA on nitrogen for a long time now. As well as just bring the fun back into brewing by doing it because I enjoy it not to keep beer on tap. And also keep my consumption moderate. Brewing and drinking is supposed to be fun and add to your life, not take away from it.
Title: Re: My Brew Years Resolution
Post by: reverseapachemaster on December 22, 2016, 03:56:34 PM
We're planning on moving states in 2018 so my goals for 2017 mostly involve winding down my current brewing and using the ingredients I have on hand without buying much more. I'd rather move beer than grain so I'll have something to drink while getting settled into a new living environment.

My 2017 beers will mostly be dialing in working with my mixed saison culture, brewing a little more spontaneously fermented beers (very early 2017), a few more sour beers and a handful of hoppy beers to exhaust some of the hops in the freezer.

To what region are you moving?

Denver
Jealous, I'd love to live around that area. Why don't I? I'm 33, not married, no kids, no set career...wtf? I gotta makes some gawd d@mn changes!

The housing prices are rough but otherwise why not? So much good beer.

  I lived there a long time ago [Golden area] and hated it, couldn't wait to GTFOOD! To be fair, there are a whole lot worse places though.

We're looking at areas closer to downtown if we can find something in our price range that is large enough for my wife's demands. I really don't want to live in the suburbs. I've lived in suburbs my entire life. We don't have kids so there's no draw to find good schools or a quiet neighborhood.
Title: Re: My Brew Years Resolution
Post by: garc_mall on December 28, 2016, 04:49:13 AM
My new years resolution: Beer Edition is to get back to my brewing schedule of one 5g batch a month. I haven't had a serious brew day in almost a year, so I need to get going for real. I did buy a new pot and burner, so I can do a full-boil in one pot now, and get it up to a boil quicker. Getting that Keggerator full is going to be a big priority.

Also want to be active again on here. I'm Back! 8)
Title: Re: My Brew Years Resolution
Post by: Iliff Ave Brewhouse on December 28, 2016, 05:13:42 AM
We're planning on moving states in 2018 so my goals for 2017 mostly involve winding down my current brewing and using the ingredients I have on hand without buying much more. I'd rather move beer than grain so I'll have something to drink while getting settled into a new living environment.

My 2017 beers will mostly be dialing in working with my mixed saison culture, brewing a little more spontaneously fermented beers (very early 2017), a few more sour beers and a handful of hoppy beers to exhaust some of the hops in the freezer.

To what region are you moving?

Denver
Jealous, I'd love to live around that area. Why don't I? I'm 33, not married, no kids, no set career...wtf? I gotta makes some gawd d@mn changes!

C'mon down. Everyone else is...
Title: Re: My Brew Years Resolution
Post by: bboy9000 on December 28, 2016, 06:25:04 AM
We're planning on moving states in 2018 so my goals for 2017 mostly involve winding down my current brewing and using the ingredients I have on hand without buying much more. I'd rather move beer than grain so I'll have something to drink while getting settled into a new living environment.

My 2017 beers will mostly be dialing in working with my mixed saison culture, brewing a little more spontaneously fermented beers (very early 2017), a few more sour beers and a handful of hoppy beers to exhaust some of the hops in the freezer.

To what region are you moving?

Denver
Jealous, I'd love to live around that area. Why don't I? I'm 33, not married, no kids, no set career...wtf? I gotta makes some gawd d@mn changes!

The housing prices are rough but otherwise why not? So much good beer.

  I lived there a long time ago [Golden area] and hated it, couldn't wait to GTFOOD! To be fair, there are a whole lot worse places though.

We're looking at areas closer to downtown if we can find something in our price range that is large enough for my wife's demands. I really don't want to live in the suburbs. I've lived in suburbs my entire life. We don't have kids so there's no draw to find good schools or a quiet neighborhood.
Yes but the suburbs on the west side are closer to the foothills and front range.  Also easier to get to Boulder from that side IME.  If you like the outdoors places like Lakewood and Golden are closer.  If you work downtown, nevermind- better live downtown as rush hour sucks.
Title: Re: My Brew Years Resolution
Post by: JJeffers09 on December 28, 2016, 09:34:07 PM
Find a place for Firkin Fridays...
Title: Re: My Brew Years Resolution
Post by: redbeerman on December 30, 2016, 03:02:18 PM
Stop the damn kegging leaks once and for all.

+1   I need to replace my regulator, it seems to be the culprit.  It is 45 years old.
Title: Re: My Brew Years Resolution
Post by: kmccaf on December 31, 2016, 04:44:41 PM
I would like to brew again next year. Moving and injuries have put me off for about two years.
Title: Re: My Brew Years Resolution
Post by: 802Chris on January 04, 2017, 07:57:57 PM
To be ok with making a few really good recipes, even if it means making many kegs of the same beer and giving it all away once I've "tested" it.

Dial in my new BrewBag! (Thanks to the wife on this AMAZING Xmas gift)

Get some real taps on my kegerator, even if it takes me all year...
Title: Re: My Brew Years Resolution
Post by: PORTERHAUS on January 06, 2017, 07:19:05 PM
I have a couple things on my list.

1) I have gotten better with my cleaning. I have been guilty several times of leaving my kettle uncleaned and forgeting about it after brewday. So with that aside I will focus on better sanitation. I have had a few slightly off batches that I dont want to continue. Maybe be more careful of airborn contamenants. I brew, transfer, keg and all that in my garage for the most part so being more careful couldnt hurt.

2) Adjusting how and what I brew. I have spent several years now of my brewing taking very serious. I wanted to brew to style, brew all the standard well know styles, dial in my sytem, focus on mash ph and water adjustments, crunch all the numbers... etc. So brewing a little more "for me" will be a nice change of pace. I experiment as it is but I could take that further and go outside the guidlines a bit more and let loose a little. In tbe end, it will still be good beer. Maybe Ill brew some big beers like RIS and Barleywine, Old Ale...etc.

3) Recipe Formulation. This one could probably go right inside number 2, but its a big enough thing for me I will give it its own attention. From early on as a homebrewer I am an ingredient whore. I want to add a little of this, a touch of that. Try this its place...etc. For the most part I can pull it off and make it work for my beers and its not an every batch kind of thing but maybe some well thought out simplicity and de-cluttering is in order. So with the new year I plan on doing some of that.
Title: Re: My Brew Years Resolution
Post by: BrewingBrian on January 07, 2017, 09:18:39 PM
BrewBama that's definitely an interesting point you make in that more ingredients does not necessarily equate to more sophisticated beers. I will keep this in mind as I switch from being completely reliant on kits to making my own recipes. This actually is my Brew years resolution, to stop buying kits and start brewing from ingredients I put together. ::) Maybe even start doing a partial mash! (prob getting ahead of myself  :P)
Title: Re: My Brew Years Resolution
Post by: klickitat jim on January 08, 2017, 12:25:33 AM
BrewBama that's definitely an interesting point you make in that more ingredients does not necessarily equate to more sophisticated beers. I will keep this in mind as I switch from being completely reliant on kits to making my own recipes. This actually is my Brew years resolution, to stop buying kits and start brewing from ingredients I put together. ::) Maybe even start doing a partial mash! (prob getting ahead of myself  :P)
Go to YouTube and search "brewing on the ones"
Title: Re: My Brew Years Resolution
Post by: bboy9000 on January 08, 2017, 01:46:39 AM
BrewBama that's definitely an interesting point you make in that more ingredients does not necessarily equate to more sophisticated beers. I will keep this in mind as I switch from being completely reliant on kits to making my own recipes. This actually is my Brew years resolution, to stop buying kits and start brewing from ingredients I put together. ::) Maybe even start doing a partial mash! (prob getting ahead of myself  :P)
Go to YouTube and search "brewing on the ones"
There was a Zymurgy article of the same name.   Implementing the changes Drew suggested led to a huge improvement in my beer.
Title: Re: My Brew Years Resolution
Post by: erockrph on January 08, 2017, 05:14:44 AM
My resolution is to get some 1.5-1.75 gallon kegs and start brewing smaller batches. I have no problem dumping beer, but I think I'd feel better brewing smaller batches of test recipes and other styles that I tend to get short term cravings for.

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Title: Re: My Brew Years Resolution
Post by: el_capitan on January 10, 2017, 02:37:38 AM
I'm working on paring down my yeast bank so that I'm brewing with a smaller number of yeast strains on a regular basis, to keep the cultures fresh.  I'm trying to map out my annual brewing schedule in such a way that I'm using each strain at least once per quarter.  If it's going to be longer than that, I need to build an intermediate starter just for yeast maintenance.  I've been playing around with a lot of beer styles for the last couple years, so it's time to focus on the ones I really like and keep the appropriate strains around.

Also, I'm looking forward to trying some of the new dry yeast options coming onto the market. 
Title: Re: My Brew Years Resolution
Post by: BrewingBrian on January 10, 2017, 10:12:23 PM
BrewBama that's definitely an interesting point you make in that more ingredients does not necessarily equate to more sophisticated beers. I will keep this in mind as I switch from being completely reliant on kits to making my own recipes. This actually is my Brew years resolution, to stop buying kits and start brewing from ingredients I put together. ::) Maybe even start doing a partial mash! (prob getting ahead of myself  :P)
Go to YouTube and search "brewing on the ones"

Good video, thanks for recommending! The SMaSH philosophy will help next time I enter a home brew store!
Title: Re: My Brew Years Resolution
Post by: klickitat jim on January 10, 2017, 10:34:41 PM
BrewBama that's definitely an interesting point you make in that more ingredients does not necessarily equate to more sophisticated beers. I will keep this in mind as I switch from being completely reliant on kits to making my own recipes. This actually is my Brew years resolution, to stop buying kits and start brewing from ingredients I put together. ::) Maybe even start doing a partial mash! (prob getting ahead of myself  :P)
Go to YouTube and search "brewing on the ones"

Good video, thanks for recommending! The SMaSH philosophy will help next time I enter a home brew store!
Thanks belongs to Drew
Title: Re: My Brew Years Resolution
Post by: dbeechum on January 11, 2017, 06:22:22 AM
Thanks belongs to Drew

Thanks really belong to my engineering professors and culinary instructors who I finally paid attention to. :)
Title: Re: My Brew Years Resolution
Post by: pencilneckgeek on January 11, 2017, 10:11:56 AM
My resolution is to actually get started in this great hobby! I've just started a brew of Oktoberfest in a Mr. Beer kit I got for my birthday (I know, I know...) and will soon graduate to a 5 gallon bucket fermenter where I'll try an extract kit for Scottish Ale.

There is so much to learn but the community has been great and I know I'm in the right place.


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Title: Re: My Brew Years Resolution
Post by: thundershred on January 12, 2017, 06:34:32 PM
Just returned to the hobby.  First thing is to start taking care of everything I wanted to do nine years ago - new mash tun (10-gal) [done], stainless full-port valve and bulkhead on the brew kettle [done], thermometer additions [coming], thermometer construction post-counterflow [next week], and new design for hopback [farther down the road].

I brewed my first beer in eight-ish years in December.  My next is already planned to be the tripel I always wanted.

At this rate, I'll be making and fulfilling resolutions monthly.  Future projects will be to make a brew stand, add a pump, work on recirculation, add a whirlpool, add quick disconnects, and venture toward automation.
Title: Re: My Brew Years Resolution
Post by: el_capitan on January 12, 2017, 11:51:39 PM
Just returned to the hobby.  First thing is to start taking care of everything I wanted to do nine years ago - new mash tun (10-gal) [done], stainless full-port valve and bulkhead on the brew kettle [done], thermometer additions [coming], thermometer construction post-counterflow [next week], and new design for hopback [farther down the road].

I brewed my first beer in eight-ish years in December.  My next is already planned to be the tripel I always wanted.

At this rate, I'll be making and fulfilling resolutions monthly.  Future projects will be to make a brew stand, add a pump, work on recirculation, add a whirlpool, add quick disconnects, and venture toward automation.

I would recommend picking up some WY3787 Trappist High Gravity yeast for your tripel.  Brew the Patersbier from Northern Brewer first to grow up a big pitch of yeast, then go for the tripel.  I've had success with that in the past.  Welcome back to the hobby!
Title: Re: My Brew Years Resolution
Post by: thundershred on January 13, 2017, 06:44:17 PM
I would recommend picking up some WY3787 Trappist High Gravity yeast for your tripel.  Brew the Patersbier from Northern Brewer first to grow up a big pitch of yeast, then go for the tripel.  I've had success with that in the past.  Welcome back to the hobby!

Thank you for that recommendation.  I do in fact have 3787 in my refrigerator.