3 Helpful Hints from My Last Homebrew

Happy Sunday Funday ya’ll! I know I’ve been MIA recently, but I’m back with some new

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Kolschevic Revolution, Comrades!

updates on beer, brewing, and even a few fishing tips! I know some of ya’ll are stuck in various levels of quarantine, but I was able to make the best of it and try some new brews, take a fishing trip (or two), and even brew my newest beer. Even though it’s been more “fishing than catching” and my beers haven’t usually been exactly what I wanted, I’ve picked up a few new things everyone should probably know when you’re home brewing.

1. Keep a Log.

I got a fantastic home brewing journal as a Christmas present (thanks, Aunt Carol!) and it has greatly helped me keep organized, and more importantly, avoid making the same mistakes twice. To add to that, like a fishing log, it helps you identify patterns, and you can look back on the evolution of your brewing.

2. BE PATIENT!!!

While this was a close second to keeping a log, patience is key in this process. If you know me, you know I want everything done right and done quickly. Well, as I learn and experiment I’ve had to accept that things will go wrong. Whether it’s over boiling because you weren’t paying close enough attention, or turning bottles into geysers because you accidentally over carbonated them. Things will go wrong, but you need to laugh it off and learn from them. Just because things don’t go according to plan, you will sometimes have “happy accidents” as Bob Ross would say. The most recent one of mine? I was shooting for an imperial-style Kolsch (think lager + higher ABV) with a 6.5% ABV. Well, it ended up at a whopping 8.4% … but it’s super smooth and very dangerous. Not my intent, but definitely something I’m looking forward to.

3. Remember to Have Fun

I would wager the majority, all, just my mom and wife, who are reading this are not professional brewers. You’re not going to be able to make beer cheaper than you can buy at the store, and you’re not entering some beer competition. So relax, don’t be afraid to try different things, and remember this is a hobby, it should be fun!

I think that’s the most important advice I wish I knew when I first started brewing a few years ago. As I mentioned before, I’ve got a new beer carbonating now that is an Imperial Koslch-style, named the Kolschevic Revolution (props to Pesek for the name). I tried using irish moss to help with the clarity and it worked like a lucky charm (yes, I know that’s a bad pun). Hopefully in two week’s time you’ll have an update about it and for those of you local to Central Florida, come by and enjoy one with me!

Until next time, tight lines and cheers!

 

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