We're at the end of another year and its time to size it up.
In 2011 I brewed more beer than I ever have before. With this coming saturday's brew session, I'll have 20 batches for the year. I set a goal at the end of last year to brew every 3 weeks so I'm happy with my results. All of the additional brewing has really helped to improve my process and I'm making better beer as a result. A few firsts this year:
Made the jump to 10 G batches.
Took an all grain class at the LHBS
I got to use my homegrown hops in a recipe. (ok, so there was only .25 ounces, but I grew 'em dammit!)
Brewed my first session beer.
Began using gelatin to clear certain beers.
Formulated my first recipe. Vanilla Porter. (its awesome, by the way)
Began using starters religiously.
Began harvesting yeast, rinsing it and reusing it.
Had a Mic Ultra drinker fall in love with my Amber Ale! Poor bastard didnt see it coming!
For 2012 I plan to keep my same pace at 20 batches per year but will increase volume as more and more of those brews will be 10G batches. I also want to join my local home brew club and enter a beer or two into a competition for objective feedback. Ultimately, I just want to keep improving my craft. I'm going to branch out a little this coming year and brew some new styles like Saisons, Double IPA's, Kolsh and Cream ale.
So, What did you do this year? Whats the plan for next year?