I have been taking a noticeable leave of absence from brewing over the last few years. Once I was done with presenting at the Homebrew Conference in Philly I felt that I had been spending so much of my spare time on brewing that I needed to take a break. A long break. After all, this is just a hobby and if that’s true I should be able to stop anytime I want. Deadlines are something left to my day job.
At said day job, responsibilities were also picking up and combined with other hobbies that left little time for brewing science and and brewing itself. While I brewed on and off to keep myself from buying every beer I drank, it felt more like a chore than a hobby.
Key to having fun brewing again was the move to 10 gal batches instead of 5. That reduces down the number of brewdays needed to supply myself to just one or two sessions per month with a nice opportunity for doing split batch fermentation experiments. And getting a 10 gal system to work efficiently is a whole new challenge. More on that in future posts
While I don’t want to jump back into the frenzy of brewing message boards, I might find the time to attend to some of the unanswered emails and comments.
At the time of writing this I’m enjoying a home brewed American Stout. I’m starting to like dark beers now and I had, and still have, a whole lot of dark grain samples from my malt pH experiments.