What's your New Year's Brewing Challenge?

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  1. FedoraDave

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    I try to create a new brewing challenge each year. One year I investigated different hop strains, and got some great ideas on using unfamiliar strains and combining strains for new recipes and to boost the hop profile of existing recipes.

    Last year I challenged myself to try new techniques, and came up with a nice sour beer using acidulated malt instead of Brett or Lactic acid, and I smoked my own malt for a great smoked amber ale.

    In 2019 I intend to concentrate on Belgian styles. I haven't really investigated the world of Dubbels, Tripels, and Trappists. I always enjoy researching styles, and I'm looking forward to challenging myself with these awesome historic beers.

    What will you be concentrating on?
     
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    Will be getting more consistent with my brewing trying to raise the bar a little higher.
    And revisiting some favourite recipies I've done and reading brew notes and brewing revised versions.
     
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    I plan to convert more of my local beer snobs into brewers, already training some up and enjoying the tithes that come back to me . .It's like Amway but totally not rubbish
     
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    Great topic!

    The biggest challenge for me in 2019 will be attaining brewing consistency.

    My last two brews were all grain. My very first brew was an extract kit this past February, followed by 11 BIAB brews.

    I will also be continuing to educate myself, and upgrade equipment as I go.

    A huge thank you to all of the great folks here on BF for the help and patient support along the way.
     
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    I just wired up another freezer for layering, so in 2019 I'm go na brew some lager. Probably brew 150 gallons of ales this past year. Ready for to add to my experience...cheers
     
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    Lagering not layering...dam auto type
     
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    Maybe your subconscious wants you to get into sour soleras?
     
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    Getting a recirculating setup built and dialed in. And entering the NHC.
     
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    I plan on refining and perfecting my 6 core recipes.
     
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    I want to kick up my club competition scores. See more bottling in my future.
     
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    It's always good to have a stable of tried and true recipes in the pipeline. I love having my core recipes on tap, especially during barbecue season.
     
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    2019 will be a continuation of my pursuit of the ultimate big beer.I really like Narwal so i will use the recipe @ChicoBrewer has graciously shared.
    Will be working on gathering up equipment to eventually go electric but not sure if it will be done this year. Need to try and stay under a budget.:confused:
    I allways say that but it never works;).
     
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    I'll brew Lagers in 2019 and will take part in my first homebrewing competition.

    I will continue treating my water, adjusting pH in the mash, kettle - pre and post boil, playing with hops, yeast and malts. I will start playing with spices and fruit. I also want to brew 35 batches / 210 gallons next year, from only 31 this year.
     
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    Nice! I like entering competitions, too. I've won a couple of third place ribbons; one for my very first lager, an Amber Lager, and another this past autumn for my smoked Amber Ale.

    And while getting a podium spot is very satisfying, and gives you some street cred and bragging rights, the comments from the judges are not only an education in themselves, but they can really make you feel great. Having a judge write "Nice job!" kept my head in the clouds for months. And with my smoked Amber, one of the judges said the base recipe seemed better than most commercial beers. That really made my day!
     
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    Seems that a theme among some is emerging, and I will add on to that. I have three main goals:
    1. Be more consistent with my "core" brews
    2. Enter more competitions -- I only entered one last year, and while I didn't place, I did make final table and received a note on my scoring sheet that I very nearly placed. The only thing that kept me from it was that in my haste, I over-carbonated my keg and filling bottles from it led them to foam heavily. The result when opened was fairly flat.
    3. Brew more experimental brews -- I recently built a little 1 gallon test setup utilizing BIAB and a sous-vide stick. I would like to use this setup to try my hand at older/interesting styles and kettle sours.
     
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    I forgot to mention, complete my BJCP training.
     
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    Buy less beer and brew more. I would also like to brew up a big RIS.
    And lastly...actually drink less :eek:
     
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    I hate to because I'm dialed in very well but my goal is to cut my losses down to a the very minimum, meaning water waste, wort waste and time but keep producing the same flavor

    also making my system a bit prettier
     
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    We completed our first year of brewing and made ninety eight gallons. We had a big crowd over for Christmas Eve dinner and our home brew was a major hit with the guests. We are encouraged and hope to tighten up our fermentation practices and attempt some lagers. We also grew some hops and used them in three batches. A big thank you to this forum for the help and encouragement.
     
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    My challenge to myself follows one of the common themes here: make the same recipe taste identical batch after batch. I'm always "tweaking this" or "tossing some of that in there" so it'll be nice to hone in on my core recipes.
     
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