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10 easy steps to being a better brewer
« on: August 23, 2011, 01:16:33 PM »
What would you say are definitive things every brewers needs to do to be better?
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Re: 10 easy steps to being a better brewer
« Reply #1 on: August 23, 2011, 01:23:09 PM »
1: RDWHAHB
2: manage Ferment Temps (wort temp during fermentation)
3: pitching appropriate amount of yeast
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Re: 10 easy steps to being a better brewer
« Reply #2 on: August 23, 2011, 01:24:13 PM »
1: RDWHAHB
2: manage Ferment Temps (wort temp during fermentation)
3: pitching appropriate amount of yeast

4: simplify ingredients
5: RDWHAHB (that should be on there twice)
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Re: 10 easy steps to being a better brewer
« Reply #3 on: August 23, 2011, 01:26:28 PM »
RDWHAHB means what?

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Re: 10 easy steps to being a better brewer
« Reply #4 on: August 23, 2011, 01:30:14 PM »
Charlie's mantra - Relax, Don't Worry, Have a Homebrew
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Re: 10 easy steps to being a better brewer
« Reply #5 on: August 23, 2011, 01:31:53 PM »
6: Have fun.
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Re: 10 easy steps to being a better brewer
« Reply #6 on: August 23, 2011, 01:32:32 PM »
1. Cleanliness
2. Sanitation
These should be the first 2 ALWAYS (after RDWHAHB)!
9. Join a homebrew community
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Re: 10 easy steps to being a better brewer
« Reply #7 on: August 23, 2011, 01:33:38 PM »
don't suck


... and (along with what's been said) craft your beer with the final product in mind.

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Re: 10 easy steps to being a better brewer
« Reply #8 on: August 23, 2011, 01:35:24 PM »
Beer is surprisingly resilient, don't worry about little things that go wrong, hell, don't worry about some of the big things that go wrong.
I brewed a Dark Mild as a demo at a very large event, while cooling someone walked by and inadvertently kicked some dirt/mud into the wort.  It was one of the best beers I've ever brewed, not what I intended, but an awesome beer with some bret character.
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Re: 10 easy steps to being a better brewer
« Reply #9 on: August 23, 2011, 01:36:35 PM »
1. Cleanliness
2. Sanitation
I thought about that, but these were so basic I skipped them. :o
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Re: 10 easy steps to being a better brewer
« Reply #10 on: August 23, 2011, 01:41:27 PM »
Use quality ingredients
Master the mashing process
Yeast management/keep it healthy and clean
Fermentation control
did I say fermentation control
Sound beer transfer (watch out for oxidation)
have fun
enjoy the hobby
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Re: 10 easy steps to being a better brewer
« Reply #11 on: August 23, 2011, 01:42:19 PM »
1. Cleanliness
2. Sanitation
I thought about that, but these were so basic I skipped them. :o

Sometimes the basic stuff gets overlooked and needs to be reinforced.  You would be surprised how many brewers I speak to that overlook the most simple, yet important steps....

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Re: 10 easy steps to being a better brewer
« Reply #12 on: August 23, 2011, 01:49:33 PM »
Life begins at 60.....1.060, that is!

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Re: 10 easy steps to being a better brewer
« Reply #13 on: August 23, 2011, 01:51:04 PM »
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Re: 10 easy steps to being a better brewer
« Reply #14 on: August 23, 2011, 01:52:03 PM »
i see a lot of people that take cleaning and sanitation too far.  my fav steps are - proper yeast pitching/care, learning the effects of fermentation temp and "learn all your ingredients first, then start brewing."

i really like the last step, there's a multitude of ingredients out there that few people use.  tons of grain, hops, sugars, syrups, yeast, spices, herbs, water additions, etc.