It’s that time of year again to set this years resolutions but first I have to review what I set myself last year.
2016’s resolutions were set as:
- Brewery Upgrades [COMPLETE]: while my initial plans to expand to 56l have been scrapped I have bought a Grainfather to replace my old 3 vessel setup.
- Brew once per month [FAIL]: Unfortunately the realities of life got in the way of brewing a lot last year and while I prevaricated about the brewery build there was no brewing happening!
- Yeast Harvesting [FAIL]: With no working brewery there was no yeast and therefore no harvesting!
- Competitions [COMPLETE]: My beers were entered into 5 competitions in 2016! The Cheshire Brew Crew kicked the year off with a Recipe Roulette competition into which I entered the Amarillo & Orange Saison and finished 1st place! The same beer was then entered into Brewdog Liverpool’s Homebrew competition however by that point it wasn’t as fresh as it had once been and the impact of the flavours had lessened. It got an honourable mention from the judge but didn’t stand a chance against some of the other beers entered! Over the summer the Jasmine IPA was entered into the National Home Brew Competition where it scored a disappointing 20 out of 50, and the Waitrose/BrewUK Homebrew Competition however there are no results given from that other than it didn’t win! Finally the Smoked Chipotle Porter was entered into #homebrewdog but was in 500ml bottles and was disqualified as a result – next time I will read the small print better!
Overall not a bad year, and although it wasn’t plan A (or B) for the Brewery Upgrades, I do now have a fully functioned brewery again! On to 2017!
For 2017 I will set a more modest set of resolutions:
- I have a new brewing process to learn with the Grainfather so again for this year I will aiming to have one Brewday per month. January’s is already arranged for the 4th, this time I need to keep the momentum going!
- Over the last year I have compiled a pretty extensive collection of brewing books and so far have only managed to read around half of them! This year I will be completing my reading assignments I trying to put the theory into practice with this years brews.
- Other than the strong start to 2016’s competition entries the others fell a little flat! Not to worry though, for 2017 I will be tweaking recipes and processes and hopefully improve the overall quality of all the beers I produce and return better results in the competitions I enter!