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Saturday, March 28, 2009

How I will grow as a homebrewer this Spring

I had high hopes of blazing my way through the novice stages of home brewing and already being up to my eyes in all grain brewing, original recipe developing and brewing contest winning. Truth be told, I'm not there yet, nowhere near there yet...

For all intents and purposes, I'm still a beginner. I'm stuck in that stage where I'm just happy if my beers come out half-way decent. While I did buy that cooler in the hopes of building a mash tun, I'm still a recipe kit home brewer, minus one batch that didn't come out so great.

So, now is the time to grow and change, but going all grain is still a little too much for me at the moment. I'll stick to extract and grain steeping for the moment. I need to crawl and walk before I sprint. To that end, I think I'll start by trying out some home brewing software and developing my own recipes. After all, Spring is really all about creating something new...

The ability to say I made my own beer recipe will feel pretty good. And I think the resulting education will teach me quite a bit about beer. It's time I've moved on from kits and really started making MY OWN beer...

So keep tabs on me through out the rest of 2009, and share my recipe developing adventures. What could possibly go wrong?!? I know, I know, "Relax, don't worry, have a home brew..."

Check back tomorrow (Sunday) for the Fermentation Friday round up... If you still haven't posted yet, you still have time!


  1. If you don't have it yet, pick up Designing Great Beers by Ray Daniels. It was a huge help in making the transition from kits to designing my own recipes, even the extract and partial mash kind.

  2. Thanks for the tip... I'll need to check that out next time I hit the book store...

  3. Regarding recipe creation. At first I think I used the recipator.com database to get a feel for what others were doing. It won't guarantee that you get a perfect brew, but, at least you can see what others have tried within the same style.

    I still use it when looking at something I haven't brewed before.

  4. great article. just learning myself actually. this helped.


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