Thursday, January 1, 2015

To-Do List 2015 and Beyond

It is 2015.  I have officially been brewing for five years now and I have a few accomplishments to show for it.  I am not a big fan of "New Years Resolutions."  It is simply societies imposed way of making a should-do list, which never really amounts to anything because it is not a to-do list.  Like anything in life, if you truly want to do it, you will start doing it on your own with no real list necessary.

That being said, it can be advantageous to make a to-do list,and a long-term one at that.! I find that I often get off track feel I am not progressing if I do not have a to-do list to stay focused on my next objective.  The best part about a long-term list is that you don't have to feel the pressure of crossing something off by a certain point in time.  While deadlines can be beneficial, this is my hobby and other things in life are more important.  These other life moments can and will push the "pause button" on my hobbies to-do list.

Okay, now that I have gotten my ideology out the way, I am going to jot down a bunch of things I would like to-do.  I will try and reference back whenever I feel my progress is lacking in the homebrew department.

  • Brew more often - as we saw from my 2014 recap, brewing took a major backseat and I want to change that.  Here are some of my ideas for this:
    • 1 Gallon batches around once a month?
    • Keeping the pipeline full - no empty fermenters
    • Alleviate the impediments to brewing: see Indoor Brewing (below), time, space, setup
  • Indoor Brewing - I have been in the new house a year-and-a-half and only have an induction burner to show for the new brew space.  Below are some to tasks I need to accomplish to reach my goals
    • Utility sink and plumbing
    • Ventilation
    • Brewstand
    • Equipment upgrades
      • induction burner
      • brew fittings/hoses 
      • pump
  • Experimentation -I really want to start testing different brewing aspects so I can learn more about the hobby and keep things interesting.  Experiments are some of the best reads from other brew bloggers, like the Brulospher.
    • Split batch trials - 
      • different yeasts
      • different hops for dry hopping
      • different cooling techniques
      • different fermenting sizes
      • different pitch rates
    • Mash Times
    • Hopping schedules
    • Recipe Development
  • Blogging - I really want to write more for my personal blog... I think I will try and focus less on crafting perfect sentences (I tend to spend a lot of time rewriting lines of posts) and more time on just getting info out there for consumption.
Okay, I realize this has been a rather wordy post, but it is more for me to help define my direction in this hobby and hopefully enable me to produce more timely and interesting content.  Stay tuned and see how I do in 2015 and beyond!


  1. Looking forward with you to a new year of posts and brews. :)

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