« on: August 16, 2012, 10:46:11 AM »
I think I went through a similar phase one time when I was first starting. What snapped me out of it was learning the science behind the processes and competing.
The science part really was an awesome thing that really made brewing more than a simple mixture of stuff. It became larger. Tiny details became very large. It remains that way to this day.
Competing really opened my eyes. I can drink my beer fine, but it helped to validate, or dismiss, what I was tasting and smelling in my brew. Ultimately, it made my beer far better than I could imagine.
So buck up tiger - there is alot to explore and master. If you mastered it all in 8 brews, then brewing might truly have become bland. I am betting there are still mountains to climb though
Compete for a bit of incentive....and humility! If you haven't joined a local club, you're missing a boatload of fun and camaraderie. Brewing with a friend is a great way to spend an afternoon. If you don't have a local club...start one! That will keep you Beery busy. Obviously the friends you do have don't appreciate you enough. Get out of the kitchen...get a cooker and brew outside. Also, if I HAD to bottle everything I make, I may get disenchanted too. Consider a kegging set up. Have you done any side by side batches to compare yeasts, hops, malts or technique yet? Do you know everything there is to know about what the different malts/hops/yeasts will contribute to your flavor profile already? You can't have satisfied your curiosity about brewing and beer in 8 batches.