The Change Up

Nobody can really leave well enough alone, can they? Even though there are even rules about what to do when you’re on a streak, right? You stick to the routine, reinforce the behaviors that have been working, no matter how weird they might seem to someone else. You’re succeeding: why mess with it? Yet no one can be happy with that. If there is a system, then human beings are inevitably disposed to muck around with that system until, understanding it, they can break it somehow.

So it goes: every beer I’ve made this year has come out well. The tips I got on sanitizing properly have improved things 100%. The beers have been better than ever in my seven-ish years doing this.

So what happens? I tell a fellow homebrewer that I do extract brewing and he suggests trying partial mash brewing.


So now every other batch for the past two months has been done this way and the results are starting to come up. Looks like I’m going to be at the drawing board for this one for a little while…

4 thoughts on “The Change Up”

  1. Amen to this. As much as we’d all love to be believers in “if it ain’t broke …” we still can’t help ourselves when a new challenge presents itself. Best of luck, but there’s no shame in sticking with extract if you prefer the beers you make with it. What kind of results are you getting from partial mash that you aren’t happy with?

    1. Shhh! I don’t want to spoil the surprise…because then I’ll run out of things for the blog! But I’ll be talking about it soon, most likely Friday.

  2. Stick with it, bud. We have been doing partial mash for a while now, and just moved up to all grain…results have been both good and average. Where’s the fun in doing it the same way you always have, anyway?

    1. It’s hard to say; I’m absolutely going to keep going with this new process but at the same time there was a real satisfaction in getting the beer right, too.

      But thanks for the encouragement!

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