Monday, January 5, 2009

Skin a cat

A quick note about my homebrewing.

There are a lot of different techniques for brewing beer. Tons of equipment that run the gamut from the most elementary to the extreme. Thousands of homebrewers bringing to the process their own methods based on experience, knowledge, economy, equipment, level of interest, and so on. But when it comes right down to it, we are all simply fermenting malted grain to make beer.
In this blog, I am sharing my take on how I approach this very personal hobby.
I have made some pretty good beer using an aluminum pot and a five gallon fermenting bucket loosly covered with a piece of cardboard, and some pretty good beer using more elaborate equipment, but what is most important to me is the enjoyment I get out the process, improving my brewing skills and knowledge, and working towards an even better beer (however that is defined) that I can enjoy and share with others.
Choosing how you want to approach this hobby is as limitless as there are personalities in the world. Non are the right way or wrong way, here I write about some of my ways.
Having said all that, there is no good reason to ignore the lessons from brewers that have come before and their experience should be utilized in your personal efforts. I spend a lot of time reading the homebrewing blogs, periodicals and published works to gain more insight and knowledge, to improve myself. But, it is important to take that experience and those lessons and mold them to fit your needs for your circumstances.
Ultimately, no matter what your practices are, if you can create a beer that satisfies your tastes, than your technique is as good as any.

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