With the new year fast approaching, some of us have made resolutions, some of us have set goals. I have done neither. My ‘intention’ (see what I did there?) is to get completely away from commercial beer, recipe kits, and recipe clones. I have been brewing beer now for 10 years. All of it either from a kit or a clone. In 10 years the only beer I have ever dumped was early on, I didn’t know what I was doing and it ‘looked’ funny. I really wish I could get that beer back! 🙂 No, really. That was $30 I could have spent elsewhere.
I want to use this blog to record my progress over the next year. My intention is to run my homebrewery, more or less, like a business, with myself being my best customer, of course! I don’t necessarily have a ‘head for business’ per se but, I do have a head for accounting. I can bury myself in spreadsheets like nobody else. In toying with one of my spreadsheets recently, I have figured out that I can brew beer for roughly 1/3 the cost of buying it. I found a program called Beersmith, which is used to help homebrewers develop recipes, prepare shopping lists and manage inventory. I have been using it over the past week or so develop four recipes that I plan on starting this project with.
I would like to put myself into a position, rather quickly, where I am brewing something every weekend and tweaking the recipes as I go along. The four recipes I have are for an American Light lager, a Cream Ale, a Pale Ale and a Stout. Upfront, the only one of these recipes that is not my own is the Cream Ale. It is one that I took from one of the members of homebrewtalk.com but, it’s awesome, easy to brew and has become a favorite. So, it stays. I think these four cover the gamut of the styles I prefer. Now, I just need to make them my own… 😉