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If I didn't have to worry about cash I'd brew only sour beer and mixed fermentation farmhouse beers. I'd probably have 5-6 staples and then do some seasonal releases. I'd bottle a lot of the beer and make vintages available in limited quantities on site so people would have more variety.

If I had to worry about making money first I'd start out selling canned hazy IPA to bankroll the sour and farmhouse production.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Beer Contest
« on: January 19, 2017, 11:27:03 AM »
A neutral yeast strain would probably be a safe bet. You could taste the wort after you get it to make some decisions about dry hopping or adding other ingredients post-fermentation. I wouldn't commit to buying hops until you know what you're making.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Small Batch Brewers - Let's Talk!
« on: January 19, 2017, 11:22:41 AM »
1. What's your usual batch size?

1 gallon

2. Why do you brew small batches?

I like to brew as much as I like to drink and brewing larger batches meant less brewing and less ability to refine brewing skills.

3. Do you brew, extract, partial mash, all grain?

All grain, all the time.

4. What's your basic process?  I.E., BIAB, tiny cooler (😉), just stir in the extract, etc.

I have a two gallon cooler fit with a toilet supply braid as a mash tun. Mash as usual and batch sparge. I mash in and throw it in the oven with the oven light on. Helps keep temperatures a little more consistent.

5. Do you have a favorite piece of equipment that you like to use especially for small batches?

The two gallon cooler was a big help because it keeps temperatures more stable than my previous efforts with BIAB at the same volume.

6. If you've brewed larger batches how would you comapre the two in terms of effort?  Time?  Equipment needs?  Recipe consistency?

It's basically all the same equipment except you need a scale that gets into tenths of grams for water additions. Time-wise it's a little quicker because the smaller volume of liquid heats quicker. I can do everything indoors in the kitchen which makes it easier to brew and work from home at the same time.

Once I introduced the cooler and stopped BIAB I resolved consistency issues and now have the same consistency as larger batches.

It's obviously more effort per gallon than larger batches but I enjoy the brewing process.

7. What am I missing that should be known about small batch brewing?

It is possible to decoction mash small batches.

Beer Recipes / Re: blonde ale
« on: January 19, 2017, 11:08:38 AM »
I HATE Avangard Pale Ale Malt.  I know you're not using it; just thought I'd mention it :D


The Pub / Re: IPA Ginger Boiler Maker
« on: January 19, 2017, 11:07:38 AM »
Cascadian Gin Ale


Brewers realize they could make a lot more money rebranding it as an IPA variant. Becomes Apothecary IPA.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Honing Your Skills
« on: January 17, 2017, 09:46:47 AM »
Improving my process is EXACTLY what I want to do, with the ultimate goal being predictability. Right now my brewing IS a crap shoot. I've been lucky. Actually, my husband says he's glad to brew a simple beer, so I'm going to pick one from BCS and go from there. Of course he's banned me from brewing talk for a little while!

If predictability and improved process are the goals then you definitely need to do what Denny said. Pick a recipe in a style you like and brew it over and over. That will give you the best opportunity to pick apart every detail and get it right and get it right consistently. If it gets boring you can always take some of each batch and play with post-fermentation additions (fruit, spices, dry hopping, wood) and maybe find some new things you like.

Most homebrewers, myself included, have a tendency to want to constantly move on to something new every batch. It's a lot more fun but you'll have more bad batches and learn less to improve your process that way.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: I offer this for open ridicule ....
« on: January 17, 2017, 09:36:55 AM »
It's the kind of article I imagine is written just to get people stirred up and sharing the beer but I dunno, maybe he just really likes sweet beers.

I agree about the Pico and the Pico packs or whatever they are called. I don't personally see the value in buying a prepared package of ingredients that will supposedly clone a beer at a huge premium. For me the purposes of cloning a commercial beer including making a beer you like cheaply, testing the quality of your brewing against a standard and brewing a beer you like to do something different to it (e.g. hopping differently, adding fruit). None of those really apply to those Pico packs. I wouldn't hate on people for buying them I just don't personally see the point.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brew Guru for PC?
« on: January 17, 2017, 09:28:02 AM »
There are some extensions for chrome that let you run android apps in the browser. I think there is also some standalone software that does it as well.

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: Allagash Confluence Ale
« on: January 14, 2017, 10:29:02 AM »
It's not a terribly complicated beer to make and the Allagash website gives a lot of details. The issues are working with brett and the time involved in the beer. When brewing with brett you need to be twice as careful about regulating oxygen exposure and thrice as careful about sanitation.

There are plenty of non-brett Belgian pale ales you could brew while you learn about brett and dealing with it in your brewhouse.

I may never brew a batch larger than six gallons and feel okay about that.

The Pub / Re: Uline
« on: January 14, 2017, 10:15:01 AM »
You can use their catalogs as packing material.

My unpopular brewing opinion is that a small amount thread derailing is a good thing.

The Pub / Re: Sierra Nevada Sidecar
« on: January 13, 2017, 08:53:22 AM »
I just had a pint and I must say I enjoyed it! Not overly citrus-y, but it was there. Almost like a hoppy shock top, but way better.

Not a ringing endorsement.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Denver, Colorado
« on: January 12, 2017, 09:21:00 AM »

If you want Post you owe it to yourself to make it to the brewery and eat their food. Hands down the best fried chicken I've ever had.

Beer Recipes / Re: brett beer
« on: January 11, 2017, 09:39:25 AM »
I simply don't want too much barnyard. I think you are referring to the Drie, but that seems to be unobtainable.

You have to sit on all brett beers for a long time before the barnyard and other typical brett flavors appear.

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