Homebrewing should be, and typically is, a lot of fun... But it's not all fun and games. While you shouldn't over think the whole process, you should pay attention to what you're doing.
You're not cooking a pot of soup here people, you're cooking delicious beer! It's OK to relax and have a few homebrews while you brew, but don't get carried away. A sloppy drunk makes for a sloppy brewer and in the long run crappy brew.
It's OK to have some buddies over, check out the game, chow down on some pizza, talk some smack, while brewing. Have some fun, make brewing an event, but don't forget the all important wort on the stove top! Keep your eye on the prize!
Most of my first brewing gaffs were a result of my lack of attention to detail, or my rushed approach to the process. It's challenging to avoid boil overs when you're in the other room finishing your fifth piece of pizza and talking it up with the boys. It's also easy to accidentally pop the airlock seal off the bucket lid and plop it into the murky depths of your first batch of beer, if your rushing through the final stages of brew day and get a little over zealous. There's been times when I forgot how long the wort had been boiling and put the hops and such in at the wrong times.
Brewing, for most of us, is not a job. It's a pastime or a hobby. It's fun, and we should keep it that way. But don't half ass it. Have your buddies over, enjoy a homebrew, eat some good chow, talk it up, etc... But at the end of the day, make sure you brewed a quality batch of beer by maintaining your attention to detail.
In the end, you'll be glad you did, especially after that first pint of home brew...
Fermentation Friday is the brain child of Adam from BeerBits2. On the last Friday of every month, homebrewing bloggers all write about one homebrewing related topic. One blog in particular hosts the event by featuring all the various posts from all the bloggers that participated. And then folks like you read them and hopefully comment on them. It's a win-win for everyone! And then another month comes by and its wash, rinse, repeat!
Here's what's been discussed to date:
May 2008 (hosted by Adam) -
June 2008 (hosted by CNYBrew’s Travis!) -
Homebrewbeer.net will host in December, so stay tuned!