Sunday, March 30, 2008

How many batches of beer have you brewed?

How many batches of beer have you brewed?

0 11 (5%)

1-10 59 (29%)

11-30 57 (28%)

31-100 52 (25%)

100+ 23 (11%)

Looks like a good mix of experience levels.

The number of beers I've personally brewed is 67 if you count my split batches as only one beer. That's an average of a brew every 2.5 weeks since I started brewing , not too shabby. That doesn't include helping out on other people's brew days, or other fermented beverages. If you want to be generous and count each part of a split batch separately then the number of distinct beers I've made it is about 89.

In my experience the number of beers brewed or time as a brewer isn't an accurate gauge of brewing experience. I think the amount of time you spend researching, and thinking about each batch is just as important. If you are brewing a beer a week, but just using a recipe you found in a book or online without really understanding the why of each ingredient and step, how much are you really learning? If you put a lot of effort into making a beer, but don't take the time to write down what you've done, how much of the experience are you retaining? I'm guessing most of the people who read this blog like to read and think about beers, and half the reason I started this thing was to force myself to take better notes on brew days and tasting which I hope will make me a better brewer.


Anonymous said...

A brew every 2.5 _______ ?

The Mad Fermentationist (Mike) said...

Weeks it is, thanks for catching that.

Anonymous said...

How do you drink that much beer?

I'd love to brew more often, but I'd accumulate too much.

The Mad Fermentationist (Mike) said...

A big part of it is that I brew small batches and often split batches with friends. On average I probably only net about 1 case of beer per batch, and of that probably half gets given away to friends.

I also dump some crappy batches and cellar some beers for an extended period. As a result I do have lots of homebrew around, but its not a crazy amount.