I was looking to simplify my brewday and my outlook on homebrewing. Things got a bit ahead of me in 2013 and I soon found myself in over my head. My solution was to give BIAB (Brew in a Bag) brewing a whirl. BIAB promised to reduce the length of a brewday by a couple of hours as well as allowing me to brew at short notice – no more scrabbling around in the roof to find my kit – just one stock pot and the stove.
I got off to a positive start and brewed a couple of SMASH (Single Malt and Single Hop) beers, the first using Amarillo and the second with Apollo*. Despite BIAB being the supposed answer to ALL of my problems, I soon realised that All Grain / Full Mash brewing wasn’t really the issue at all, it was more a case of me allowing beer – in general – to muscle its way to the top of my priorities list. The problem with this – for me personally – is that even when I managed to brew, it was usually at the expense of time spent doing more important things. The result of this was that the enjoyment I used to get from homebrewing soon faded. So, what’s changed? and why do I think that brewing at home will be different this time? I don’t know that it will be different, but I’ve drastically reduced the number of evenings spent in the pub; attending other beery events – of which there were many – and partaking in less casual drinking on the sofa, all mean that I can set some time aside that doesn’t need to be a rush job, or spoilt by the guilt from knowing that I should be probably be somewhere else.
BIAB#3 or AG#30, it doesn’t really matter which, but my next brewday will be soon, and I’m looking forward to it, and getting back to blogging.
Happy new year!
* Both BIAB brews turned out ok, pretty thin in body, despite a high mash temp, something I will work on next. I think both beers will be perfectly acceptable lawnmower beers come the summer months.