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Title: 2011 Brewing Goals
Post by: tygo on December 28, 2010, 02:00:35 AM
I thought this would be a good topic as we approach the New Year.  Do you have any specific goals for 2011?

For myself, this year was I was kind of sporadic in what I brewed.  I jumped from one brew to another based on whim; trying out several new styles and techniques.  In the process I settled on a few beers that I really want to work on and attempt to perfect over the course of the next year. 

So for the next year I'll be concentrating on my BoPils, CAP, Belgian Golden Strong Ale, and ESB.  I'll brew other things of course (I'd probably get bored otherwise), but I'd like to brew each of those at least four times this year, which will account for about 75% of my brewing schedule.

In addition, over the course of the next few months I'm going be piecing together my kegging rig and hope to have that up and running by spring.
Title: Re: 2011 Brewing Goals
Post by: euge on December 28, 2010, 02:03:18 AM
I'm scaling back to lot's of little batches and experimentation. And to keep better notes.

Title: Re: 2011 Brewing Goals
Post by: Thirsty_Monk on December 28, 2010, 02:47:42 AM
Brew more then just two beers over and over.
I mean it was interesting experience but it is getting old to drink the same beer :)
Title: Re: 2011 Brewing Goals
Post by: chezteth on December 28, 2010, 04:30:25 AM
I will be making several belgian beers.  I also want to get an oxygenation setup.
Title: Re: 2011 Brewing Goals
Post by: Malticulous on December 28, 2010, 05:55:27 AM
2010 was so good I'd be happy if I could do as well. (Honestly I hope to have less free time and more money.) Next year I'd like to send a few to the NHC.
Title: Re: 2011 Brewing Goals
Post by: brewmasternpb on December 28, 2010, 06:17:08 AM
If I could keep doing what I'm doing production wise, 1 batch a month and style-wise: 1 yeast strain for 4 consecutive batches per vial, I'll be happy.
I always like to try styles I've failed at previously.  Last year: finally got that ESB right!  This year: Saison.
Also, I might try a brett beer, and I'd like to get a 40 in a comp.
While I'm at it, I'd like my club, The Greater Denver Yeast Infection to do more club activities.
OK, no more goals.
Title: Re: 2011 Brewing Goals
Post by: punatic on December 28, 2010, 06:18:58 AM
Take my meadmaking pro here in Hawaii.
Title: Re: 2011 Brewing Goals
Post by: oscarvan on December 28, 2010, 12:11:17 PM
Get the AG going, and lower production cost, while at the same time continuing to read the great masters' works. Get good at Belgians/old ales, one lager for Mom, and start a bottle collection of beers that will age well......
Title: Re: 2011 Brewing Goals
Post by: theDarkSide on December 28, 2010, 01:39:00 PM
I want to be the all-being brewmaster of time, space and dimension. Then, I want to go to Europe.

Hope to improve my brewing setup, technique and maybe win a medal or two.  2010 started out ok but family commitments got in the way and I haven't brewed in over 2 months.

Oh, and hope to brew a beer in Febraury to celebrate the Patriots 4th Superbowl Victory!!!!
Title: Re: 2011 Brewing Goals
Post by: ipaguy on December 28, 2010, 02:23:03 PM
I'd like to search out more commercial examples of styles I'm not familiar with to give me ideas an what I want to brew.  I want to continue to tweak a couple recipes that show a lot of promise:  A fruit stout and a Gotlandsdricke.  I just discovered Brewing Network podcasts a couple months ago, so I have a lot of listening to do to catch up on the archives.  Over the last year I made several improvements in my process:  a small mash tun,  gear to make starters (including stir plate), and O2 injection system.  My next priority is going to be better temperature control of my fermentations.  I have an area which is very constant in temperature (58F right now), but I don't want to be limited in what I brew based on the season.  After that would be a kegging system.  About the last thing on my list would be going to AG.  It seems like people make a big deal out of AG vs. mini-mash, but it seems to me that other process improvements would probably  buy me more in terms of quality at this point.
Title: Re: 2011 Brewing Goals
Post by: theDarkSide on December 28, 2010, 02:29:06 PM
  I just discovered Brewing Network podcasts a couple months ago, so I have a lot of listening to do to catch up on the archives. 
Welcome to the Army!!!

It seems like people make a big deal out of AG vs. mini-mash, but it seems to me that other process improvements would probably  buy me more in terms of quality at this point.

Definately All grain...wish I had done AG sooner than the several batches of extract I did before making the jump. 
Title: Re: 2011 Brewing Goals
Post by: Pawtucket Patriot on December 28, 2010, 02:42:32 PM
For 2011, I really want to explore German styles (especially lager styles) that I either haven't brewed before or haven't brewed very frequently (e.g., Dortmunder Export, German Pils, Schwarzbier, Alt, Weissbier, etc.).

I also want to try Hochurz and decoction mashes to begin evaluating them for myself.  I think I've done very well with single infusions, but I'm always looking to improve my process (if it can be improved, of which I'm not certain).
Title: Re: 2011 Brewing Goals
Post by: bonjour on December 28, 2010, 02:56:08 PM
2010 was to brew for my daughters wedding,  mission accomplished.

2011 is to brew for and enter more contests.

Title: Re: 2011 Brewing Goals
Post by: Hokerer on December 28, 2010, 03:07:09 PM
Improved fermentation temp control.  What I've got works very well but it requires a little too much manual intervention and it can only take care of one at a time.  Be nice to redesign it to handle two at a time with less work.

Oh, and I'm considering motorizing my mill.
Title: Re: 2011 Brewing Goals
Post by: Mark G on December 28, 2010, 03:09:03 PM
Either more 10 gallon batches... or stop giving so much beer away.
Title: Re: 2011 Brewing Goals
Post by: tubercle on December 28, 2010, 03:10:28 PM
Get the well water analyzed so someone on here can tell me what I have and/or need.
Title: Re: 2011 Brewing Goals
Post by: phillamb168 on December 28, 2010, 03:47:57 PM
Get my fundamentals down pat. Brew an Old Style clone and have an Opening Day party for the Cubs. Brew a Kolsch and mow the lawn more often. Brew something super dark and roasty and age it in a barrel. Plant and grow my own hops, and try to grow a bit of barley or wheat, just to see how it works. Also, I'd love to make it to the US for a little vacation, either for the "Dogfish Head Experience" or something out west.

Non-brewing goals include losing some weight (doesn't everybody have this one?), paying off the IRS from last year, and getting an SARL which would in turn make me the CEO of a multinational corporation (albeit one with only one employee ;-) ). Also I'd like to read more to the little guy - I wanna get through all of the Hobbit and LOTR before his second birthday.
Title: Re: 2011 Brewing Goals
Post by: corkybstewart on December 28, 2010, 03:55:01 PM
More lagers and German styles like alts and Kolsch.  At least 2 different rauchbiers, maybe a smoked porter or 2.  Less emphasis on higher ABV, maybe some more milds. 
This year I will have more time and money so I plan on brewing more.  I may even enter a competition but that's never been important to me.
Title: Re: 2011 Brewing Goals
Post by: beersk on December 28, 2010, 04:11:59 PM
I plan on getting a select few recipes down.  I have 6 or 7 that I've brewed once or twice that I really like; so I'd like to concentrate on those, making small adjustments here and there.
I'd also like to get more in to water chemistry; maybe try building some water from RO.
Title: Re: 2011 Brewing Goals
Post by: gigatropolis on December 28, 2010, 04:15:30 PM
   I just started brewing this summer, so this is my first entire year t look forward to in brewing. On my third batch of beer discovered Amarillo hops and haven't been able to move past it yet. The last three batches have been Amarillo based California Ale and Brown Ale and just can't seem to get enough, but time to move on. My wife is asking for a porter so will do one of those next (no Amarillo, centennial, or cascade hops). I have a friend who has a gluten intolerant father so we are planning to get together and brew a beer based on amaranth seeds and other good stuff.
  Also want to make a mash tun this week and start doing some 2.5 gallon all grain batches; starting with an old English ale with Maris Otter malt. Don't have the space for 5 gallon AG batches.
Title: Re: 2011 Brewing Goals
Post by: kgs on December 28, 2010, 04:24:19 PM
Great thread!

I like euge's goals: more small batches, more experimentation. Plus I want to pay more attention to the long view and plan my time and my brew sessions so I can brew a couple of batches that require long conditioning or other timing--for example, brew a 2011 Christmas barleywine by March (instead of thinking about it in October, when it's too late), and brew a crowd-friendly beer for our annual block party in July.  I also want to write more about homebrewing and possibly get a piece placed somewhere, and I'd like to connect more with other area homebrewers and also with people in my field of work who homebrew, possibly with an international "virtual brew session" for May's Big Brew. Plus I'd like to get to the AHA conference if at all possible.

I may add a hydrometer and a brew belt to my setup, but after four years of cross-country moves, job changes, and other challenges, plus an upgrade to my homebrewing equipment, I'd like to keep basically the same setup all year. I was able to do an AG small-batch two nights ago while housecleaning and making dinner, and it's good to know my setup well enough to be able to multitask.
Title: Re: 2011 Brewing Goals
Post by: denny on December 28, 2010, 04:24:52 PM
Keep retaking the friggin' BJCP exam til I hit Master.
Title: Re: 2011 Brewing Goals
Post by: madscientist on December 28, 2010, 04:29:42 PM
I too, just started brewing this summer, and in the few batches i've had I've learned a lot.  I've been reading over John Palmer's How To Brew and picked up on some things that I didn't realize when I first started out.  My main goals are just to continue brewing beers I like, and Beers I think others will enjoy.  So here are some of my 2011 homebrew resolutions:

1.) Improve cleaning/sanitization.  Although I've never encountered a problem, I think there are things I can improve to make it easier and more efficient.  

2.) Spend a few bucks to make some equipment improvements.  I really need a 5 gallon stock pot because I want to move up to partial mash recipes and maybe small all grain sometime.  I want to pick up an aquarium pump so i can thoroughly oxygenate my wort prior to pitching yeast.

3.) Move away from dried yeast sprinkled on top.  Again, never had an issue, but I would really like to try liquid yeast and practice with starters and use them if appropriate.  

4.) Just improve my overall brew process to get the most out of my beer.  This is already happeneing, especially with my last batch.
Title: Re: 2011 Brewing Goals
Post by: johnf on December 28, 2010, 04:33:31 PM
I'd like to get the points for BJCP Master (have the exam score) which will be very tight but if I grade some exams should be doable.
I have wanted a cold room for a while. I am not much of a DIYer and I need it to be in my basement which has ceilings low enough to eliminate commercial units. So I haven't gotten started despite wanting to for about a year.
I would like to win (with my wife who is my brewing partner) a medal in the NHC second round. I had two make mini-bos this year and think I can roughly triple the first round entries so I think there is a decent chance.
We got one BOS in 2010 which was our first year competing. I would like to keep that streak alive. Probably the least likely goal to be met.
Title: Re: 2011 Brewing Goals
Post by: denny on December 28, 2010, 04:34:31 PM
I'd like to get the points for BJCP Master (have the exam score) which will be very tight but if I grade some exams should be doable.

You're a lucky man!  I've got the experience points, but I'm 2 points shy on the exam.
Title: Re: 2011 Brewing Goals
Post by: phillamb168 on December 28, 2010, 04:40:51 PM
I have a friend who has a gluten intolerant father so we are planning to get together and brew a beer based on amaranth seeds and other good stuff.

Have you looked at this? Supposedly it greatly reduces gluten in beer.
http://www.northernbrewer.com/brewing/brewing-ingredients/salts-finings/beer-additives/clarity-ferm-5-mls.html
Title: Re: 2011 Brewing Goals
Post by: tomsawyer on December 28, 2010, 04:58:15 PM
I took the BJCP exam and got a recognized level (dissappointing, I was hoping for certified).  My weak area was in judging.  My goal this year is to judge some beer contests (which I have never done) to improve in this area.  Might even enter a beer or two as well, again something I have never done.

Brewing-wise, I'm going to do some lagers in my new fermentation chamber.
Title: Re: 2011 Brewing Goals
Post by: redbeerman on December 28, 2010, 05:22:30 PM
To get my efficiency up to 109%. ;)  Seriously, still after the elusive German beer taste (you know the one, no other lagers have it.)  Getting closer, but not quite there.
Title: Re: 2011 Brewing Goals
Post by: tubercle on December 28, 2010, 05:29:04 PM
To get my efficiency up to 109%. ;)  Seriously, still after the elusive German beer taste (you know the one, no other lagers have it.)  Getting closer, but not quite there.

 Just boil longer :D
Title: Re: 2011 Brewing Goals
Post by: kgs on December 28, 2010, 05:34:32 PM
I have a friend who has a gluten intolerant father so we are planning to get together and brew a beer based on amaranth seeds and other good stuff.

Have you looked at this? Supposedly it greatly reduces gluten in beer.
http://www.northernbrewer.com/brewing/brewing-ingredients/salts-finings/beer-additives/clarity-ferm-5-mls.html

See the latest Zymurgy for Charlie Papazian's article on reduced-gluten recipes. One of those things where I'm tempted to do a small-batch and test it.
Title: Re: 2011 Brewing Goals
Post by: EHall on December 28, 2010, 05:38:20 PM
To get the Budweiser girls to show up when I tap a new brew...
Title: Re: 2011 Brewing Goals
Post by: bluesman on December 28, 2010, 05:56:07 PM
Keep retaking the friggin' BJCP exam til I hit Master.

+1,000,000

...and complete my single tier brewstand "Smokestack Lightning" aka...Brutus 10  8)
Title: Re: 2011 Brewing Goals
Post by: dano14041 on December 28, 2010, 06:14:04 PM
Keep working on the fundamentals and learning my system. Finish my kegerator and purchase/build a setup for making yeast starters. Buy a bigger brew kettle! Build a brewing area on my deck (have to build the deck extension too.) Brew batches 7 - 20+. ;)

Some maybes are an oxygenation setup and a bigger fermentation chamber.

<edited to add:> Join the local Homebrew Club.
Title: Re: 2011 Brewing Goals
Post by: bonjour on December 28, 2010, 06:54:54 PM
To get the Budweiser girls to show up when I tap a new brew...
They will only show up when you brew something with flavor 'cause then you obviously need help ;)
Title: Re: 2011 Brewing Goals
Post by: bonjour on December 28, 2010, 06:58:01 PM
Keep retaking the friggin' BJCP exam til I hit Master.
+1
Title: Re: 2011 Brewing Goals
Post by: markaberrant on December 29, 2010, 02:38:58 AM
My plan is to keep on hanging and banging.

I am 1 point shy of National rank, which I should get in a few months.  I am quite proud of achieving this, as there aren't too many National judges in Canada.

I hope to finally brew a DIPA and an Imperial Stout that I am happy with.  Both have eluded me for sometime.  Also want to develop some more solid session beers; a hoppy amber ale and a dusseldorf alt. 

I'm going to expand my kegerator from 2 to 4 taps.

And as always, I'm going to try to do my best to turn people on to craft beer and homebrew!
Title: Re: 2011 Brewing Goals
Post by: miguelpanderland on December 29, 2010, 01:38:14 PM
Made the switch at AG about 6 weeks ago and have brewed three times since.  I have no idea why I waited so long.

Goals:

1. Brew at least twice a month, but as often as possible so that I can learn and improve.  If experience is the best teacher, than this is an education I really look forward to.
2. Get some deep knowledge about yeast and begin using starters.
3. Settle on at least one style that I want around the house all the time so I get the experience of trying to repeat results.
4. Get my wife to be brew-master for one brew day this year.
5. Introduce at least one new person to homebrewing.
6. Enter a homebrew competition.
7. Acquire lagering capabilities.
8. Get set up for kegging.
Title: Re: 2011 Brewing Goals
Post by: rabid_dingo on December 29, 2010, 11:54:21 PM
Brew a lager or two. Try and build, or at least aquire the materials for a brew rig.
Title: Re: 2011 Brewing Goals
Post by: ethalacker on December 30, 2010, 12:49:22 AM
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Oh, and hope to brew a beer in Febraury to celebrate the Patriots 4th Superbowl Victory!!!!
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I think the Falcons will be taking those honors!
Title: Re: 2011 Brewing Goals
Post by: ethalacker on December 30, 2010, 12:52:07 AM
I just started brewing this year. So my goals are to move to AG, start kegging, and to buy a stir plate for yeast starters.
Title: Re: 2011 Brewing Goals
Post by: Wheat_Brewer on December 30, 2010, 02:22:40 PM
Take my meadmaking pro here in Hawaii.

Wow good luck!  Let me know when you get going and I'll order a bottle or two from you!
Title: Re: 2011 Brewing Goals
Post by: Wheat_Brewer on December 30, 2010, 02:24:30 PM
This year I started brewing, joined AHA, and got into all grain.  Now I think I need to settle on my equipment (refrigerator for fermentation control), improve on my technique, and by the end of the year hope to have competed in at least one competition. 
Title: Re: 2011 Brewing Goals
Post by: gmac on December 30, 2010, 02:51:59 PM
Brew something that doesn't "taste like homebrew"
Title: Re: 2011 Brewing Goals
Post by: ryang on December 30, 2010, 03:55:34 PM
Slow down a bit in my brewing and concentrate on process control.  I made a crap ton of beer that was good in 2010.  I want to make 15 beers in 2011 that are fantastic.  I am re-brewing at least 4 beers, so I hope to improve those with the help of personal feedback from family/friends/competitions.  

Get better organized for fermentor storage.  Scattered all across the house doesn't make the wife too happy.  But I had her give her input on what she would like me to brew.  She really wants me to nail down a kriek.

Not buy so much commercial brews.  I've got beer everywhere between my own and commercial stuff.  

And yes, I would like to brew a best of show beer.  Been in the running 3 times now, but haven't nabbed one yet.  A GABF Pro-Am would be flipping sweet.
Title: Re: 2011 Brewing Goals
Post by: mthogan1997 on December 30, 2010, 04:50:09 PM
Slow down a bit in my brewing and concentrate on process control.  I made a crap ton of beer that was good in 2010.  I want to make 15 beers in 2011 that are fantastic.  

2010 was my year of process control. I was getting sloppy with weights, measures, etc. and this year I brewed using precisely measured ingredients (within .01 gram) - including water and invested in better temperature controls. My beer is better than it has ever been and is very repeatable.

2011 I am getting into quality control/experimentation. I set up a small lab in my basement and I'm going to start testing every aspect of my beer that is financially reasonable.
Title: Re: 2011 Brewing Goals
Post by: yugamrap on December 31, 2010, 05:06:08 AM
1) To finish the brewcart project that stalled out several times in 2010 due to a busy year of work and family activities. 

2) To take the BJCP exam again and score at least Certified.  I missed it by just a few points on my first try this year, so I'm now Recognized.

3) To try brewing a Flanders Red, and maybe try making some Mead.
Title: Re: 2011 Brewing Goals
Post by: bluesssman on December 31, 2010, 05:48:30 AM
1. I want to update my brew bench with a rims unit and other automated systems.

2. A fermentation unit

3. Expand the home brewing show

4. Explore more microbreweries

5. Drink more beer!!

Gary
Title: Re: 2011 Brewing Goals
Post by: hopfenundmalz on December 31, 2010, 02:30:45 PM
Take the BJCP exam.

Go to the NHC.

Make some beer. 
Title: Re: 2011 Brewing Goals
Post by: Podo on December 31, 2010, 03:31:30 PM
My goals:

1.  Brew enough to keep my kegerator fully stocked (we go through beer faster than when I was bottling).

2.  Experiment with Belgians (finally brewed my first one on November).   

3.  Get more consistent with my brewhouse efficiency.
Title: Re: 2011 Brewing Goals
Post by: Mikey on December 31, 2010, 05:10:14 PM
Brew different beers and establish some new styles. I'm tired of the old ones. :D
Title: Re: 2011 Brewing Goals
Post by: el_capitan on December 31, 2010, 08:35:14 PM
I want to brew to hit my personal quota (100 gal), and nail down 1-2 more "house ales."

Share more homebrew, and spread the gospel of craft beer.

I'm teaching a beginning brewing class in January so that will be a good start! 

Finally brew some lagers. 
Title: Re: 2011 Brewing Goals
Post by: gsandel on December 31, 2010, 09:13:43 PM
1. put together my kegerator (have all of the parts just sitting there) by January 31st.  And keep it full/clean.
2. Brew 12 or more times this year.
3. Reduce brewing time and mistakes by better organization of brew day.
4. No failures because of stupidity (discovering that you forgot to clean your only transfering hose during last session on a Sunday when brewstores are already closed)....see #3.
5 Drink less commercial beer.....unless it is locally made.
6. Buy American.
7. Brew with more other people (I have never brewed with anyone that was more experienced than I)
8. Investigate local homebrew clubs....any suggestions in Denver?
Title: Re: 2011 Brewing Goals
Post by: cheba420 on January 01, 2011, 07:00:04 PM
I want to get my process nailed down. I'm a little ADD so if I dont stay focused, I can be all over the place.
I want to learn more about recipe development so I can finally create something of my own instead of just following one of someone else's recipes. I've developed a couple recipes this last year but they turned out mediocre at best.
I want to brew with someone who has a great deal of brewing knowledge. I've only brewed with myself and those I've taught. I have a lot to learn.
I want to get my House Ales consistent. Build my Stable of 5-6 go to beers that are always in rotation.
I want to brew a Cider for my wife that I'm proud of.
I want to brew more often. I typically brew once a month. I'd like to bump that up to once every 2-3 weeks.
I'd like to get into re using yeast.
At the end of the day, I just want to make better beer every time I brew. I want to learn more and turn a few new people on to the craft.
Title: Re: 2011 Brewing Goals
Post by: CASK1 on January 01, 2011, 08:36:46 PM
I brewed only Belgian styles for all of 2010. I learned a lot, but don't think I would restrict myself that much again. Goal for 2011 is to learn the gory details of fine-tuning water chemistry.
Title: Re: 2011 Brewing Goals
Post by: phillamb168 on January 02, 2011, 07:13:23 PM
For the coming year, I've currently got the following on the docket: My first stout (with chilis! matured on oak!) Blueberry Wheat Ale, Old Style clone, Goose Island Summertime Kolsch clone, Oktoberfest Part Deux, and a Pliny the Elder clone.
Title: Re: 2011 Brewing Goals
Post by: lbrewski on January 04, 2011, 01:01:39 AM
Planning to spend effort getting our new club established. Would love to build a brew stand to reduce my brewing time (cause it takes 47 trips to move stuff into position), but I'm told (by my daughter) that I need to cut down on my brew activities because she's getting married later this year and I need to work on the house - can you believe that? Ok, so the house does need some stuff done to it... maybe I can hire out for that. She also told me I need to sell my sports car to pay for the wedding - not gonna happen.

So then, I need to have some beers for NHC and to bring to club night, right? And then, folks coming from out of town for the wedding will be thirsty, so there's more brewing (even though 90% of them will probably drink bud light, or wine).

As far as what to brew, I am guilty of sticking too much to the same cycle of american ales, so I need to venture into Belgians and English styles. Lagers? maybe, but not a priority.

Title: Re: 2011 Brewing Goals
Post by: lazydog79 on January 04, 2011, 01:35:52 PM
1) As always, I hope to keep myself and my guests in beer - 6 or 7 batches.  However, I'm really hoping a move screws up my brewing schedule  ;)

2) For projects, I've got an itch to motorize my Crankandstein.  I think I'll scratch at that a bit

3) Start building a keg set up???
Title: Re: 2011 Brewing Goals
Post by: rjharper on January 05, 2011, 04:12:56 PM
1) All Grain
2) GABF
3) Enter more contests
Title: Re: 2011 Brewing Goals
Post by: blatz on January 05, 2011, 09:37:48 PM
Brew and drink a little less (brewed too much last year).

Buy less commercial (part of the reason I brewed too much  ;) )

Brew an Altbier (last one I made was 2000 gallons ago  :( )

Score at least National on BJCP exam in August.

Try decoction again.
Title: Re: 2011 Brewing Goals
Post by: brewaloon on January 06, 2011, 02:49:44 AM
This year, I'd like to think 6 month ahead so that I don't end up with Winter Lagers and IPA's and Summer Barley wines.
I'd like my dogs to stop eating my hop bines. I'd like to come up yet with more crazy inventions. What a great hobby. :D
Title: Re: 2011 Brewing Goals
Post by: andrew on January 06, 2011, 03:02:00 AM
Brew and drink a little less (brewed too much last year).

Buy less commercial (part of the reason I brewed too much  ;) )

Brew an Altbier (last one I made was 2000 gallons ago  :( )

Score at least National on BJCP exam in August.

Try decoction again.

I made a belgian wit this past weekend and did a single decoction. While everything seemed to go OK... I don't think I will be doing it again for a while.
Title: Re: 2011 Brewing Goals
Post by: andrew on January 06, 2011, 03:11:33 AM
...try to brew at least once a month which will keep me at 2010's pace
...try to go to a group brew with the local club - darn work in 2010 kept me away
...enter a few more beers into comp (only 3 in 2010) - starting off with the MCAB XIII even though that's carry over from 2010
...hit up a few more brewpubs/micros that I haven't been to.
Title: Re: 2011 Brewing Goals
Post by: dbeechum on January 06, 2011, 09:01:49 PM
My primary goal for this year is to pull of the Saison talk for the NHC.

I'm doing the primary test batch on the 17th. Only have to brew about 70 gallons for that! (Fortunately, Eagle Rock Brewing is helping me out there)
Title: Re: 2011 Brewing Goals
Post by: roguejim on January 06, 2011, 10:33:56 PM
Try and tweak my German pils to near perfection.

Formulate a great AIPA.
Title: Re: 2011 Brewing Goals
Post by: rbclay on January 08, 2011, 09:02:52 PM
Get a couple more entries to make the Final Round of the NHC and medal this time! Entered 3 last year, 2 got to finals! Hope to enter 10-12 this year. Would be estatic to see half of them advance. Determined to medal my APA!!

Another goal is to get to the conference in San Diego. Last year's was my first, but I live in Minnesota so attendance was a given!
Title: Re: 2011 Brewing Goals
Post by: take2brew on January 09, 2011, 01:37:19 PM
2010 was a big year for me.  I started homebrewing in February.  Made a few batches (kits, of course) for my wedding in August.  Bought a ton of equipment and gadgets (I'm an engineer/tech geek kinda guy).  Joined the local Homebrew club.  And, I just recently found this place.

For 2011, I'd like to concentrate on the process.  I have done okay with it, but there is definitely room for improvement.  By the end of the year I'd like to understand enough about the process and ingredients so I can begin formulating my own recipes.
Title: Re: 2011 Brewing Goals
Post by: drf255 on January 09, 2011, 01:44:03 PM
To get my efficiency up to 109%. ;)  Seriously, still after the elusive German beer taste (you know the one, no other lagers have it.)  Getting closer, but not quite there.
Me too man.  I just can't get that taste.  I guess my goal will be the same as prior years.