Happy 2017 Homebrewers! Last year, I set out on my New Beers Resolutions. I figured it was time to revisit them, a year later and see how I am doing. I think it is also a good time to set some new resolutions! It is always to set goals, even in our homebrewing, to help elevate ourselves to a higher level.
Let’s look at what I resolved to do last year, and examine how I did with it!
1. I won’t jump on a style bandwagon.
I didn’t start to hit any of the trendy styles. This year, I even worked on a few basic styles that I hadn’t brewed ever, or in a while. Brewing things like Steamin’ Kalifornia, or my Bye Week Porter are good examples of this. I haven’t brewed a gose, a sour, or made 18 fruited variations of the same beer. I have had a great time brewing this year!
2. I will take better notes.
So looking at things, I have done this as well! I have a binder now with my brewing sheets from all my beers. I have numbers and notes written on the recipe sheets from Beersmith. I have articles that have chronicled most of my brewing adventures of the year.
3. Do some product reviews.
I would say the most successful one that I did was for the Bouncer Inline Beer Filter! I also looked at a carbonation cap, a corny keg carbonation lid, and the BeerBox (which I still say stay away from!). I would like to continue to review things that I have, that may be an upgrade for others. I also would love to get more into working directly with some brewing companies!
This Year’s Resolutions
Ok, so where do I go from here?
- Brew some other common styles that I have not. I should try to hit some things like a saison, or a straight up rye recipe. I would like to try a brett at some point, but I would need some new stuff to work with that fermentation.
- Continue to interview people in and around homebrewing. I think it is fun to pick the brains of those who share a common passion. Even if the homebrewer has turned pro, they can still give us good advice for our brewing practices or thoughts!
- Get some more videos up on youtube for people to see and get a different review of things.
Well, that seems like a good list of things to try! Happy New Beers! Enjoy your brewing, and comment below what your New Beers Resolutions are!