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Re: 10 easy steps to being a better brewer
« Reply #15 on: August 23, 2011, 02:16:38 PM »
1.) Clean
2.) Sanitize
3.) Use quality ingredients
4.) Attempt to understand the mash
5.) Cool the wort as quickly as possible, after boiling
6.) Use proper pitch rates
7.) Use proper fermentation temperatures
8.) Be patient
9.) Be patient
10.) Enjoy, with pride
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Re: 10 easy steps to being a better brewer
« Reply #16 on: August 23, 2011, 02:20:52 PM »
1.) Clean
2.) Sanitize
3.) Use quality ingredients
4.) Attempt to understand the mash
5.) Cool the wort as quickly as possible, after boiling
6.) Use proper pitch rates
7.) Use proper fermentation temperatures
8.) Be patient
9.) Be patient
10.) Enjoy, with pride
+1 ;D

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Re: 10 easy steps to being a better brewer
« Reply #17 on: August 23, 2011, 02:22:39 PM »
Enter competitions and try to understand the judges' feedback.  Learn from their comments instead of scoffing at them for dissing your beer.
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Re: 10 easy steps to being a better brewer
« Reply #18 on: August 23, 2011, 02:37:44 PM »
Fermentation temperature control and brewing software (Beersmith) have improved my brewing the most, thus far.  Fermentation control for the obvious and Beersmith has really helped me better understand recipe formulation.
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Re: 10 easy steps to being a better brewer
« Reply #19 on: August 23, 2011, 05:49:55 PM »
The ones listed are the priority, but to throw some other ones out there that haven't been listed:

8) Never have more than 1 beer during brewing sessions
9) Have more than 1 beer AFTER brewing
10) RDWHA Another HB
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Re: 10 easy steps to being a better brewer
« Reply #20 on: August 23, 2011, 06:47:45 PM »
1. Understand the difference between clean and sanitized (don't worry about sterilization)
2. Don't believe the "experts"and the status quo.
3. Make what you like.
4. Disregard what others think of your brew if you like it.
5. Never be afraid to experiment
6. Study brewing history. You will find that nothing is new.
7. Listen to Denny
8. Go all grain now. Its just as easy as  extract.
9. Relax, its only a hobby. Stores are full of ready to drink beer in cans.
10. If you are worrying about something, your priorities are out of order.
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Re: 10 easy steps to being a better brewer
« Reply #21 on: August 23, 2011, 06:56:04 PM »
Has anyone mentioned

Brew often.
Always try and improve the beer.
Enjoy your beer - it is yours, and you can say I made this.
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Re: 10 easy steps to being a better brewer
« Reply #22 on: August 23, 2011, 07:00:16 PM »
Has anyone mentioned

Brew often.
Always try and improve the beer.
Enjoy your beer - it is yours, and you can say I made this.


Cheers to that! 
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Re: 10 easy steps to being a better brewer
« Reply #23 on: August 23, 2011, 07:08:29 PM »
Enjoy your beer - it is yours, and you can say I made this.


Now why would I tell someone you made my beer? :P
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Re: 10 easy steps to being a better brewer
« Reply #24 on: August 23, 2011, 08:04:55 PM »
Has anyone mentioned

Brew often.
Always try and improve the beer.
Enjoy your beer - it is yours, and you can say I made this.


This, and read everything you can get your hands on about brewing.
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Re: 10 easy steps to being a better brewer
« Reply #25 on: August 23, 2011, 08:07:15 PM »
and join the AHA or, at the very least, join this forum
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Re: 10 easy steps to being a better brewer
« Reply #26 on: August 23, 2011, 08:11:29 PM »
Enjoy your beer - it is yours, and you can say I made this.


Now why would I tell someone you made my beer? :P
Forgot the quotes.
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Re: 10 easy steps to being a better brewer
« Reply #27 on: August 24, 2011, 08:59:21 AM »
Start simple.

Too many people make the same mistake I did and start off brewing Imperial Stouts and Baltic Porters before they have learned how to manage fermentation temps, build yeast starters, or even mash - if they had started out with a humble Brown Ale or Bitter, they would probably enjoy the results earlier on.

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Re: 10 easy steps to being a better brewer
« Reply #28 on: August 24, 2011, 09:12:54 AM »
(Probably fits in under the "R" in RDWHAHB, but)  DON'T GET IN A BIG HURRY ... (unless your wort is boiling over  ;) )
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Re: 10 easy steps to being a better brewer
« Reply #29 on: August 24, 2011, 10:26:50 AM »
If you're brewing a kit, take the instructions and throw them away ASAP.