True or perhaps my local wethy was spoiling me and the combination of brewing my own makes normal beers seem rather er er weak :CYou know I rarely get a beer that truly makes me go wow, it has to be the right beer, the right venue and the right time. For example a few years back I was in Seville it was noon, about 40 degrees, and I had being walking in the hot sun for a few hours. The cafe was air conditioned and the beer was a random generic larger, it was mana from heaven, sitting their drinking my beer and just watching the world go by.
Likewise a pint of beer in Saint David’s in Wales, I cannot remember the name of the beer but it had a lovely floral taste, or 12% Barley Wine I had in a pub in Oxford. Don't get me wrong I have plenty of nice beers but I think sometimes you have to accept that it’s always going to be few and far between that you get something that you get something truly makes you go wow.
I also would say @terrym has a point about taking a break, although even if not from beer maybe try other styles, order from a few breweries at random.
Interesting you went down the less kveik route. I had a fairly poor year, still a newbie mind, but have started using kveik and pretty pleased so far!When I did a look back over 2019 I realised that most of my beers had been kinda meh, 1 got dumped, 1 had very stressed yeast and only 1 brew was actually "brew again" good. So I changed things up in 2020, went for more traditional styles and used less kveik and it's been a much better year brewing wise.
AG should certainly improve things, but then I did 3 kits then went AG so I don't really have experience with extract.
I was mostly using farmhouse strains of Voss and Saure, mostly the Voss, both produced good beer, but my Voss have a very earthy flavour, good in a dark beer but it was getting tiresome. The Saure made a kinda funky Scottish 80/- but I suspected it was due to the high propertion of crystal malts, and having brewed a similar beer I think it was the malt not the yeast, Saure fermented a Jet Black Heart Clone very cleanly.Interesting you went down the less kveik route. I had a fairly poor year, still a newbie mind, but have started using kveik and pretty pleased so far!
I strongly suggest having a look at the below threadSo, ok, how much am I gonna have to shell out for my very first AG brew :C
AG covers an awful lot of ground from 5 litre stove top BIAB to shiny all in ones costing £100s or even more. You really need to decide how much you want to brew at a time and what your budget is. Less volume usually means less kit.So, ok, how much am I gonna have to shell out for my very first AG brew :C
Biab corrected as baby, hahaha.25kg bag of crushed grain starts at £13.50 (see the forum group buy from Staffordshire Brewery), that should do for 5 brews, unless you want to go for a high gravity. A bit of extra gravity can be gained using sugar or something else with sugar in it. I have on occasion used maple syrup. The forum group buy has smaller quantities of different malts to allow you to aim for a darker style if that's your preference. Crossmyloof have a good selection of hops and yeast. Go baby first to cut down on equipment, buy yourself a cheap digital thermometer to keep a watch on mash temperature. But you will spend and spend as you progress.
For BIAB you’ll need a pot bigger than 5 gallons, as it needs to contain all the grain too, and then you boil off a bit and finally leave some behind in the boiler.But I wants to brews 5 gallons :C I have seen 5 gal pots for £25, but it's the ingredients i was more worried about :s