Thursday, May 21, 2009

How many batches of beer have you brewed in the last year?

None 14 (4%)
1-6 86 (30%)
7-12 72 (25%)
13-18 42 (14%)
19-24 24 (8%)
25-36 28 (9%)
37+ 16 (5%)

Looks like the majority of respondents brew less than once a month, but there are quite a few homebrewers out there who brew much more frequently. I am at close to 20 batches over the last year, which is about average for me. I have a hard time imaging brewing as much as some of you guys (I’m really impressed that 16 people brewed 37 or more batches).

I feel the more often I brew the better my beers come out. When I brew infrequently I tend to have more brew day issues, I guess I get out of my groove.

It is coming up to the hot DC summer so I am frantically brewing batches so I can take July/August off. Don’t worry though there will still be plenty of updates on the various batches I have going as well as some other fermentables (which I have been lax on recently).


Dan said...

I saw an upcoming Oat Pale...what's your idea behind that? Using malted oats or just flaked?

The Mad Fermentationist (Mike) said...

Here is the recipe (subject to change) for the oat pale ale I have in my queue.

3.5 gallons
6 lbs MO
.75 Rolled Oats
5 oz Special Roast
Single Infusion @ 153

35 IBUs of Simcoe @ 60
.5 oz Palisade @ 0
.5 oz Palisade Dry Hop


Never used Special Roast, Palisades, or 011, so this batch will be a learning experience.

Rick (Twin #2) said...

Summer is a great time for brewing your fall and winter saisons...

Nicolino said...

Absolutely agree. I find that I really started to enjoy brewing (before, I enjoyed the drinking part of the hobb much better)when I alreay had a decent amount of batches under my belt. I think it really becomes more interesting when you start to achieve the beer that you previosuly "conceived" on the drawing board (i.e. routenily being spot-on on OG, volumes, color, etc...), and that comes ,obviously almost only, with practice.