What do you dislike the most in brewing beer?

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  1. Frankenbrewer

    Frankenbrewer Well-Known Member

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    Since I've been a member of this site I have learned a lot from you folks. Now the bad. Besides running out of home brew, for me the clean up after brewing is the part of brewing I dislike the most even though I clean as I go. The fact that I have to haul stuff up and down from the basement also contributes to it. What's your dislike?
     
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    For my first brew the most difficult part ended up being bottling. Had a few minor issues that ended up with some spills and more sediment than ideal ending up in my bottling bucket meant I left probably 1-2 bottles behind. Hoping my second bottling day in a couple weeks goes smoother
     
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    I feel I have my small-batch brewhouse pretty streamlined. While I'm sure no one enjoys cleaning, I don't really give it a second thought. 15-20 minutes tops. So, I have to say I honestly don't dislike any part of the process.

    I guess if I had to pick something to object to it would be waiting for the next brew day! :)
     
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    Sometimes, knowing how much time and work goes into brewing will keep from starting! I have young kids so I want to spend as much time as possible with them... I hope that as we all get older I'll not hesitate to brew as I sometimes do now! lol
     
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    Cleaning I don't mind _that_ much, but my biggest hate is that I am guaranteed to mess up at some point on a session and (usually) spill some sort of liquid on the floor/worktop/drawer/clothes/dogs. Could be wort, could be sparge water, could be sanitiser. It will get spilled at some point.
     
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    My biggest issue is just getting started on whatever it is im doing. Once that happens, I'm kind of locked in for the ride.
    Like megary said, I dont dislike anything necessarily and have got my process down pat
     
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    If there were much about it I didn't like, I wouldn't do it. Even cleaning is for me more Zen-like than I'd ever imagined cleaning to be. As long as things are going well, when I'm brewing I'm in a kind of flow state where one task is simply flowing into the next. What I hate is when something goes wrong, generally a result of my own carelessness, a valve is left open, a quick-connect isn't connected.... Those cleanups break the flow state and damage my calm.
     
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    What I dislike is not knowing for sure where I went wrong. Sometimes it is obvious but other times it is frustratingly annoying that I did what I did before but this time I get different results. Arghhhhh! My last brew was the best yet but... I want to do a different beer next time but will it be as good or will I find another problem.
     
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    bottling......cleaning and sanitizing bottles.... but not the actual practice of cleaning and sanitizing, but more that my method is primitive.
    I have so many projects going.. new house, greenhouse, coral for sheep, and many more (all of which I am actually doing alone)... that I don't make the time to build a better system to clean and sanitize my 500 ml bottles. I can clean, then drain 6 at a time.. then sanitize and drain those same 6, prior to filling... then repeat.. for 40 to 50 liters a batch. So I make a lot of trips between the filling station and the sink.
    I actually enjoy the cleaning process... just don't like my process is so primitive. ;)
     
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    Boil Overs!!! I have one just about every other brew. Can't seem to learn from my mistake on that one for some reason...
     
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    I bought this when I first started brewing. https://www.amazon.com/Sulfiter-Mid...keywords=bottle+washer&qid=1598896362&sr=8-18

    I still use it to wash wine bottles and sometimes beer bottles on the oft chance I feel like bottling. It works great. Just add a drying tree and you are golden. https://www.amazon.com/North-Mounta...ords=bottle+drying+tree&qid=1598896439&sr=8-9
     
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    Taking so long before I know if it’s any good or not
     
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    #13 sbaclimber, Aug 31, 2020
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    I will have to agree with hating, during one period of my brewing career or another, almost everything everyone has mentioned here.
    Boilovers are a real PITA. After years of trying to put too much wort in my pot, I finally decided to split my boil into first-runnings + second-runnings. It takes more time on the brew day, but I get a way more vigorous boil and (almost) no more boilovers.
    Cleaning up is never fun. I have found a couple shortcuts though and currently have the benefit of a full bathtub for washing out the pots, until the 2nd bathroom gets renovated. :p
    Carrying a full fermenting bucket up and down stairs didn't used to be an issue, but since I moved a year ago it is... Thankfully it is only one flight, but I still use the wheelbarrow to get the bucket from the balcony to the stairs and from the stairs to the basement room.
    I think at the moment, mostly due to Corona and trying to brew while working homeoffice (+ homeschooling the first couple months), I dislike the fact that brewing is like cooking, but for 4-5 hrs straight with little break. I love cooking, and I love brewing, but right at the moment having to stay focused on something for that long seems more like a chore than a relief. Now that school here has started again and I am almost 100% back in the office, I think I will soon be glad again for the 4-5 hrs at a time of brewing. :D
     
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    Waiting. Not a very patient person. I have been known to rush beers from time to time...

    Also, I wish I could brew twice as often doing half batches so I could have more variety at once. I have 4 on tap all the time but it never feels like enough.
     
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    #15 BarbarianBrewer, Aug 31, 2020
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    Cleaning up afterwards is what I hate the most. I store everything in the basement, mash in the kitchen and boil outside. That's a lot of stuff up and down the stairs. By the end of an enjoyable brew day, I just don't want to clean it all up. I think part of is that cleaning is the only part of the process that doesn't directly lead to beer.
     
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    Waiting.....
    And waiting now to get my house built and my stuff out of storage
    Waiting for my grain mill and stainless steel kettle (they are in Europe, normally I go once a year and have friends coming that can bring. Not now due to Corona)
    Waiting for my solar system
    Good thing is: i can built with brewing/cleaning in mind :)
     
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    I can completely agree with this! I feel like there is so much for me to brew and not enough time to brew it all! I have so many ideas that I want to try.
     
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    I dislike waiting and scheduling a brew day. There are some days I just would rather brew instead of mowing lawns or cleaning house or the likes. Cleaning is not the most fun but I really don't mind it that much. Finishing up last of cleaning just means there's a batch of goodness in fermentation:)
     
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    That's harsh :(
     
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    Cleaning, and "5.2 pH mash stabilizer". It's a very specific mixture of salts/minerals designed for a specific pro brewery for their specific unique local water profile and should not be used by really anyone else outside of that area.
     

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