Our 3rd and final tip when it comes to home brew is the mistake of rushing your brew, lack of patience and taking shortcuts. This is often the part that new home brewers have trouble with, but it is very necessary to get right.
Learning any new skill, including home brewing, is often filled with catastrophes and failures. Home brewing is quite the science, with measuring, timing and other factors being imperative to getting a result you will be happy with.
Yeast, being a live culture, needs time to do its job of fermentation. Taking the beer out too early or moving it to the second stage too quickly will result in a bad tasking brew, or worse, the yeast and carbonation could build up and the tops will pop off and your brew will need to be discarded.
The same can be said for simply paying attention, the brew process takes the better part of a day so make sure you have plenty of time set aside to give it a proper go. Boil overs, open spigots and open fermenters can easily spoil your brew. These mistakes can easily be avoided by giving enough attention to what you are doing.
Simple home brew recipes for beginners
Keep things simple, measure things precisely, keep thing clean, organised and sanitary. Make sure you choose a home brew recipe that is suitable for beginners and follow the directions or recipe exactly until you have had a few successful brews that are at least drinkable. Once you have the basics down pat, then you can start to experiment with different flavours to find your unique brew for your own taste.
You would be hard pressed to find an experienced homebrewer that hasn’t produced their share of bad tasting brew, particularly when they were just starting off. Don’t be disheartened by a bad batch or 2, think of it as part of the fun of mastering this new skill. Even if you follow directions exactly, there are always going to be unpredictable factors during the process. All you can do is do your best to mitigate them.
Home brew mistakes happen and practice makes perfect
Successful homebrewing comes down to patience, following instructions, proper ingredients, and starting simple. We recommend joining some home brew forums or finding some local home brew groups to ask questions of experienced brewers. Hopefully avoiding the mistakes we have outlined in this blog series of homebrew tips to avoid will help you on your way to creating your own tasty beers at home. And remember, to have fun with this hobby. Stick with it and we are sure you won’t regret it.
Good luck in your future brewing exploits.