I brewed a lot in 2020...

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  1. Trialben

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    100% Oat Neipa What the!:eek: how? And what did you think?

    21 batches brewed here and just under 500lt down the hatch.

    Also carried out a bit of my brew years resolution to brew some of my old recipes again bunyip one of them hoppy blond another.

    Also saw I didnt brew any kolsch this year will have to get onto it.
     
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    Malted Oats do have a little DP, they can convert, it just takes a while. It was like 66% Malted Oats, 16% Flaked Oats, 16% Golden Naked Oats, got the brew day to 1.053 OG.

    But like an idiot and to try and make something super juicy, i mashed at like 158-160F, and added a pound of lactose, plus a stupid amount of Sabro hops, the yeast was NOT happy, only attenuated down to 1.030 = 3.2% ABV.. that wouldn't have upset me, but the beer was extremely bitter and oddly enough tasted extremely dry even up at 1.030. Failed experiment.
     
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    Did you drink it or tossed it?
     
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    I only made a couple of batches of primitive cider.....
    2021 should see me properly brewing!
     
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    I brewed 19 times this year. Both 5 gal and 2.5 gal batches. As for savings......Cost of commercial less the cost of ingredients, less the annual depreciation of the equipment = Who cares? I really enjoy brewing and the savings will not be recognized until my equipment is really old and no new equipment is purchased. (yeah right)
     
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    I'm looking forward to seeing some of the variations you come up with based on African ingredients.
     
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    22 brews for 106.5 gallons, still averaging 4.8 gallons per brew.... I'm brewing a lot of smaller batches these days, 3 gallons for everything I don't know. My tried-and-true favorite drinkers still get brewed 5 gal at a time. Next year I'd like to brew more often and smaller - about 2.5 gallons is as small as my primary equipment will go but still I can do other processes (biab, small-batch, even gallon-sized brews). Biggest system changes this year were heat to the mash tun (RIMS, PID controller) and RO water. Not planning any large system changes for next year but I'd like to build a keezer. I'm still building bits and bobs for my system, last one was an in-line oxygenation attachment for when I'm using liquid yeast. I also plan to write more: I've had one article in BYO, a second one should be in the March edition and I haven't heard from the editors on number 3. And once all the Covid restrictions are lifted, I plan on having a major beer disposal event to get rid of a lot of my back inventory.
     
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    Wow I would not of expected that I suppose when I think of oats I dont think of sweetness.
    Cool!
     
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    This was the exact line of reasoning I took. It only took a little over a year to get to a break-even point when I went to simple all-grain setup. And for a hobby you love, labor is free!
     
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    If you need any help with that "Beer Disposal Event" let me know
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    Unfortunately I brewed my own beer but also bought quite a bit of the local stuff too! I am too curious when a new release comes out! Ate into my savings! Haha.
     
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    I keep buying bits and bobs to improve my system. Stainless steel isn't cheap! I'll never amortize the equipment but we're okay with that: SWAMBO will never amortize her sewing equipment, either!
     
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    More this year than 2019, but 2018 was definitely my high water mark. I was also brewing 42L batches most of that time so I am now doing 21L batches since I was overwhelming myself with beer.

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    First 7 brews of the year were 10 gallon batches, sold that system
    Next 8 brews were on a 35L Brewzilla
    Two more brews planned in the coming weeks.
    Total including next two batches will be 17 brews for 120 gallons
    2019 was 18 brews for 130 gallons
     
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    Merry Christmas to you & Lisa too!
     

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