- Mar 6, 2019
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I find I am overly critical of my own beer so I have taken to swapping beer to get some feed back. I have started entering the monthly competition as well when I have a style that suits
This. As mentioned in one of my other posts - pretty much always drank lager - but now trying out more and more beers at local pubs. I actually get a bit miffed now if they always have the same options on.The most fun way to improve your brews is to widen your beer experience beyond what the local supermarket and Wethers' stock. Taste and evaluate everything.
Ditto me! Never tried it until I went over to France last year - where the first taste got me hooked!
I've been doing this since starting with liquid yeast. I got a pack of Wyeast 1469 West Yorkshire and first used it in October 2017, that culture is still going in my fridge and just recently brewed a batch of bitter, seems I've used it 7 times so far, would have used it a few more times but I accidentally ended up using kveik for almost every brew last year. Still attenuates much the same and ferments well, the batch before last may have had some off flavour but could have been a few things including the hops.I am going to start using liquid yeast but I will be over building the starter to keep the cost down so I can get maybe up to 3 brews from one yeast. I think foxy does it like that.
https://beerandbrewing.com/liquid-vs.-dry-yeast/I have just ordered a glass flask to start using liquid yeast and built starters. I plan to make a stir plate this week. Do you get much difference in quality between dried and liquid yeast. I know you get better variety
It all depends what level you wan't to go to, every one can brew beer, if you want to take it further then Sadfield covered quite a bit of it, join a brew club, get advice, have your beers evaluated, go into competitions it is a good learning curve. If you want to take it further there are so many things to learn, its up to you how far you want to take it. How far do you want to take it? That is another question.What are the top things we can do to improve our brews?
I don’t have the answers, but I’m looking for you experienced guys to chip in please.
My ideas, but not based on fact, just what I’ve read here, so please feel free to add to or delete from the list and change the order.
1. Cleaning and sanitising
2. Changing to all grain
3. Fermentation temperature control
4. Water treatment
It's maybe a question for another thread, but I have been doing no chill for the last 4 or 5 brews and haven't noticed any difference (not that I'm doing heavily hopped beers).If you don't chill your alpha acids from the hops will continue to isomerise, increasing bitterness. Lighter elements of hop flavour will continue to degrade. You'll never get the best late hopped flavours unless you chill.
This is kinda the reason why I'm asking the question.It all depends what level you wan't to go to <snip>
I've found that the simpler I made my process and honed my skills and knowledge., the better my beer became. Equipment can help, but there are plenty of fantastic homebrewers using biab and stovetop methods. It's absolutely not a case of spend more and your beer will get better. Knowledge and good technique is everything.This is kinda the reason why I'm asking the question.
Fortunately, no one yet has said that I need to buy three quarters of a craft brewery and a bottling line, so I hope I'm able to make decent brews with my big pot and plastic bucket!