Reviewing the Brewing Notebook
Another year has come and gone, and I didn't get much brewing done this last year. Last night, I did pull out my brewing notebooks in an effort to get ideas for beers I might want to rebrew and refine in 2013 and I discovered one thing -- my brewing has been a lot more episodic than I thought. I discovered that I've had a few years like 2012, years when I didn't brew very many batches. In most cases, these were followed by years in which I brewed quite a lot. This year, I'm definitely going to brew more, and I've already figured out how.
First off, my normal procedure is to make a yeast starter 2 or 3 days before I brew, and only brew if the yeast is in good shape. This year I plan to get a few packets of dried yeast and, if the opportunity arises, brew that day and just use dried yeast. I've used Fermentis US-05 before with good results.
Secondly, I'm going to brew more stovetop partial mash beers. I've got an all-grain rig, but a partial mash brewday takes me a couple less hours and I still get good results. I've got a couple partial mash recipes that work great and I'm going to brew them when the time comes.
My nearest homebrew shop is about 30 miles away. This year, I'm going to realize that there's this thing called "the internet" and I can, if I need to, have brewing stuff delivered to me rather than calling off a brew day because I don't have the time to drive to Austin and back.
I still, of course, want to have as many "normal," full brew days as possible, and for that, I just need to plan a bit. Last year I looked for "free time" (especially on weekends) to squeeze in a brew day. This year, I'm going to plan some brew days and arrange my schedule around that. Now I just need to decide what to brew first.Last modified on