I've been steadily brewing since my last visits to here. Still not as refined and as scientifically accurate as I should be, but 9/10 of my brews (over 30 total now) have been lovely drinking.
Couple of classic mistakes;
-Milling my main malt of the bill, then measuring out my specialities without milling and chucking them straight in,
-Forgetting the entire hops schedule until the last 5mins of the boil,
-Hydrating a lager yeast and an Ale yeast at the same time on the same bench and using each in the others intended batch.
But there's been progress too;
-Got the missus to make up 3 bags out of a roll of Swiss voile in the easy "circle shape" as shown by one of our more knowledgeable contributors, and it's worked a treat, much less trub, and easier to clean than the bag I was using which cost me 5 X more,
-Less time cleaning equipment, now I've got my brew day better worked out,
-Better understanding of my regular recipes, and why they work for me.
-I've started kegging which has been a revelation with the stout spout, but I also realise that I should continue with bottling, especially for certain batches,
-Yeast starters, what a great way to split and save, now have a stir plate and a couple of flasks,
-I'm becoming more active in my local brewing community, helping to organise a case swap, and looking into starting a local brewing club.
Happy days gentlemen, happy days.
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