I love homebrewing. A little over 4 years ago, I started this hobby/obsession and haven’t looked back. I continuously chase the perfect batch and pour over my processes and systems to be the best brewer possible. With that, I have come to learn a lot, some of which would have been helpful when I first started. So, if you are a new homebrewer, here are a few things to consider.
4 Tips for New Homebrewers
- Don’t Cheap Out: If you are like me, you are in this for the long haul. So, buy like a committed mad man. I knew that I only wanted to buy things once. I planned out exactly what I was going for and bought equipment that would get me there. Think about the most versatile product you can buy and get that. Only going to brew 5 gallon batches and assume a 7 gallons boil kettle is good enough? Wrong. You will eventually want to split a 10 gallon batch with a friend or have 10 gallons of that fantastic pilsner you brew. Buy for the possible. See our archives for more Homebrew Equipment articles
- Fermentation Chamber: I know you may think, “that seems like a big investment”. You are right, it is, but this is really something that dramatically changed the outcomes of my beer. Before I invested in a fermentation chamber, I worked tirelessly to keep my fermentation temperatures in check. Sometimes I was successful, but often times not. Investing in a fermentation chamber is something that every brewer should consider earlier rather than later. All grain or extract, precise fermentation temperature will be a game changer. See my post Fermentation Chambers: Why They Matter for more.
- Join a Club: Joining my local homebrewing club was one of the best decisions I ever made. I have built relationships with great people and learned a great deal about brewing. The opportunities as a member have made me a better brewer, hands down. If you don’t have one in your area, look at joining an online club. See my post Homebrew = Community for more
- Have fun: Early into my brewing career, I was a stress cadet about every single little thing. I was so consumed with every detail that I eventually ended a brew day exhausted both physically and mentally. I didn’t slow down to enjoy the process and it showed in my finished product. I was so obsessed with the small things, I lost sight of what I was there to do…. make beer. Now, I am not saying throw everything to the wind. Hitting your numbers, volumes and proper sanitation are key, but slow down and enjoy the process and have some fun with it.
There you go. Nothing earth shattering, but hopefully a few tips to consider and push yourself to the next level. Cheers!