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Busted Still Brewery
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Post Number: 760
Registered: 11-2003
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Posted on Wednesday, March 08, 2006 - 01:56 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Me:

Mead - Mar 2006
American Wheat - May 2006
Old Ale - July 2006
Kellerbier - Sept 2006
Saison - Mar 2007
Rye PA - Jun 2007
Triple - Sept 2007
Burbon Vanilla Porter - Dec 2007
 

Richard Nye
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Username: Yeasty_boy

Post Number: 1288
Registered: 01-2004
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Posted on Wednesday, March 08, 2006 - 02:08 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Every year I do 3 batches for Christmas presents. And every year my back's against the wall. I vowed to start ealier this yeas....we'll see.
 

Paul Erbe
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Post Number: 479
Registered: 05-2001
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Posted on Wednesday, March 08, 2006 - 02:17 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I plan all the time. And brew whatever I can when I get a free day to do so. It is rarely what I planned.
 

Beerboy AKA The Jolly Brewer
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Post Number: 1016
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Posted on Wednesday, March 08, 2006 - 02:19 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I plan well in advance, but then change it all the time on a whim. All I know is that the next brew is going to be either an IPA, and APA, a Wit, a honey ale or a bitter.
 

Paul Erbe
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Posted on Wednesday, March 08, 2006 - 02:35 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

or maybe a porter:-) but it would be nice to have a kolsch ready for summer, then again a nice wheat beer is great when the weather gets warm.


I think we all need more fermenters and kegs.
 

davidw
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I typically sit down around the first of the year and plan out my brewing schedule for the upcoming year, completed with the weekend (and an alternative weekend in the event life creeps up on me) I will brew a particular batch.

If you can't hang in the smokehouse, go dry outside.
 

Mike Huss
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Post Number: 1042
Registered: 03-2003
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I plan every batch. On about the Wednesday before Saturday brew day! I can't believe some of you plan a year out in advance. I don't know what I'm doing THIS Saturday not to mention various Saturdays throughout the year....

You know...now that you mention it...I COULD brew this Saturday....
 

Ken Anderson
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Post Number: 1469
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Posted on Wednesday, March 08, 2006 - 03:17 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

All I know is if I don't brew every 4 to 6 weeks, then I run out of beer. I hate when that happens, because I'm too cheap to buy good beer, and so wind up having crappy beer on hand till the good stuff comes on line.
 

Jason Bentley
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Username: Pacoustic

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Registered: 09-2005
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I try to plan 2 months in advance. I also try to brew 2 5 gal. batches every other weekend. My success rate with this is very poor.
 

Hophead
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Post Number: 2126
Registered: 03-2002
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Anywhere from 12 hours to a week ahead of time.

Planning 18 months out is crazy talk. :-)
 

PalerThanAle
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Post Number: 1648
Registered: 04-2002
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Some mornings, I'm not sure I'm brewing until I'm half done.

PTA
Water separates the people of the world, beer unites them.
 

Graham Cox
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Post Number: 418
Registered: 11-2004
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Posted on Wednesday, March 08, 2006 - 04:09 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I am currently brewing for the fall competitions. I was doing preliminary planning and recipe formulation before Christmas. That has been typical so far for me, and it works well for e-shopping to be able to compile one big shopping list - saves on shipping.

I do build in a bit of slop, of course, to account for vacation, emergencies, illness, or any other contingencies. (I'll also brew an APA or a small beer off a big mash somewhere in there if the cellar starts to run dry.)

Doppelbock 2/27/2006
Fruit Lambics 3/11/2006
Tripel 4/3/2006
Oktoberfest 4/17/2006
California Common 5/1/2006
Weizenbock 5/15/2006
Classic American Pilsner 5/29/2006
English Pale Ale 6/12/2006
APA 6/26/2006
Std. American Lager 7/10/2006
Belgian Wit 7/24/2006
Mild 8/7/2006
 

Wayne Faris
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Post Number: 67
Registered: 11-2005
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I don't really plan by date. I just keep a list of 3 or 4 beers I want to do soon. Which one I actually brew usually gets decided about the time I need to make a starter.

My plans right now are for another blackberry cyser, a belgian apricot wheat, an ESB and a rye cream ale. Over the summer I will do a couple of Saisons.

Wayne
Bugeater Brewing Company
http://www.lincolnlagers.com/
 

Yam
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Post Number: 92
Registered: 08-2004
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I am tooling around with the idea of brewing this weekend and may hit the LHBS this evening after work. That said, I have not decided what I am brewing yet. This is my typical schedule.
 

Chumley
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Post Number: 4008
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Posted on Wednesday, March 08, 2006 - 06:20 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I plan anywhere from 3 months out to that morning. Most planning is based on yeast and malt in hand, as I do not have a LHBS and order everything.
 

Belly Buster Bob
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Posted on Wednesday, March 08, 2006 - 06:39 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I'm completely anal about planning...I take at least 8 minutes every time. What's planning????I can't plan when to have dinner
Bellybuster Bob
www.bellybuster.netfirms.com
 

Wayne Pratt
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Post Number: 9
Registered: 03-2006
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I start planning when it is clear that I have a budget to brew with, and a time where my wife can head off the kids before they reach the brewkettle (or fermentor, or bottling bucket...). I have an "idea" of what kind of beer I may want to brew next, but that can change as quickly as it takes to open a bottle of a quality commercially-sold beer that suits my fancy.

Wayne
 

David Lewinnek
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Post Number: 235
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Posted on Wednesday, March 08, 2006 - 07:14 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I have a "to-brew" list, but with no dates. Currently, my list (in no particular order) is:

oatmeal stout
Sister Star of the Sun IPA
Traquair House clone
Classic American Pilsener
 

Steve Funk
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Post Number: 163
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Posted on Wednesday, March 08, 2006 - 08:01 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Annual schedules? Not a chance. For me this is a hobby that gets squeezed in between work and family duties. I have planned a brew session up to two weeks before but that's about it. However, I do plan to brew another hop harvest ale at Hop Madness again at the end of summer.
 

Vance Barnes
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Post Number: 2162
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Posted on Wednesday, March 08, 2006 - 10:26 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I have a list of beers in my head that I want to brew soon. The actaul planning is when I realize I'm about out of time to go to the lhbs and still get a starter going.
 

robert rulmyr
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Post Number: 739
Registered: 02-2003
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Posted on Wednesday, March 08, 2006 - 10:59 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I just bought 4 sacks. Planning on brewing about 120 gallons or so over the next year. I just poured a glass, planning on using the bathroom soon.

This is 'near' planning and 'far' planning.

I did not plan on writing any of this. I'm pleased with my plan.
 

Jim Smith
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Post Number: 41
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Posted on Wednesday, March 08, 2006 - 11:35 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I'm with Graham in trying to plan at least 4-6 months out. Of course, I try to brew 48 weeks out of the year. Yes, I am the most popular guy in the neighborhood when it's time to get rid of all that beer. I'm far more popular than the stamp collectors.
 

Graham Cox
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Post Number: 429
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You mean, the upside-down biplane doesn't do it for your neighbors, Jim?!
 

Jeff Preston
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Post Number: 153
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Posted on Thursday, March 09, 2006 - 12:04 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

If I brewed more often I would have a long range plan. But brewing in the garage (unheated) I only get to brew in the spring and fall. I plan out a recipe about a week or so before the actual brewdate. I also try to keep a decent amount of supplies on hand. Brewing in Winnipeg when its -20c sucks.
 

Jim Smith
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Nah, I tried it with my upside down little Cherokee 140 and that didn't impress them nearly as much as my beer. Jim
 

Graham Cox
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The uncultured swine!
 

August West
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Post Number: 38
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After a 2 1/2 yr haitus, I started brewing again this past summer. I brew 10 gallon batches and "try" to brew a batch in per month. (I wind up averaging about 10 batches a year) I don't have an exact schedule like some of you do, but I have some "regulars". I do a hliday/spice beer in Oct, a wheat beer in the summer, a bock and pils in the winter and an American IPA sometime durring the year. Other than that, it depends on my mood. I try to get an idea for the next batch as I am cleaning up from my current batch.

After brewing, the racking, kegging and bottling takes up most of my remaining Saturdays.
 

Brad Petit
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There was a time when I was fairly concerned about whether I'd be able to plan far enough in advance for certain holiday/seasonal beers. But then, it was almost 80 degrees today and here I sit enjoying the hell out of a Great Divide Hibernation Ale...
 

MJR
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My brewing schedule isn't planned out as exact as others' here, but I've got a pretty good idea on what and when I plan to brew.

I'm thinking a hoppy, red rye ale next month, a witbier the next, and a saison or two after that. I'll throw in a few group batches with friends here and there. Probably an IPA or APA somewhere in there, too. Then there's Autumn and an all-new list of beers.

Of course, many other factors both conspire against me and help me out. Weather, fermentation temps being too high or low, not having keg space, etc.

Right now, I'm really looking forward to my IIPA brew session on the 19th. Gonna be 1.077 to match the last two numbers of the year of my birth. The IBU's will be quite a bit higher...
 

Joakim Ruud
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Long-term (not so long, actually) I always have a loose list of 3-4 beers that I want to brew. Right now they are ordinary bitter, strong bitter, APA and wit. Or maybe dry stout :-) That should keep me going for about two months.

Short term planning... I need to plan a week in advance. I like to start my starter about 7-5 days before brew day. Spin them on the stir plate for a few days, let settle. Decant and feed them fresh wort on the morning of the brew day.
 

Beerboy AKA The Jolly Brewer
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What I tend to do is order a load of malt and hops with a plan of 4-5 brews I want to make over the next few months, then change my plans!

But I usually have plenty of yeast slurries in my fridge so I can brew on a whim any time I like.

The next brew I'm definitely going to make is and Extra Pale American Pale Ale. The brews I have every intention of making soon are a Wit, an IPA, a lager using mild ale malt (anglo vienna?) and an Anglo-CAP (English malt).
 

Doug W
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I gather with a bunch of Military types each May, so like right now I'm about to brew a kolsch, a IPA, and a Mild. In addition to this I started ABC this past June for the event. Other then this I have the 3-4 beers floating about in my head, get a taste for one in particular, and shoot to brew it at the nearest time available, usually the weekend on approach. I have or plot out sometimes for like AHA NHBC or the State Fair, but with that theres some flex. Of course If I goto do something that requires some storage time, a Big Beer or barleywine I know its gotta be done with time in mind. Basically, I relax, have a homebrew and can brew somewhere from "right now" to planned for a event. Its the Joy of Homebrewing and flexability in being your own boss that is a added thing for me, god I live by enough schedules most of the time to have to "OH geez... Its XXX Brew day, get crackin" . With that said and sitting there discussing beer with another homebrewer at home last night, I figure a Hefe, Kolsch, ESB, and a batch of Skots' B-52 are all on the "sooner" timeline
 

Fredrik
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Posted on Thursday, March 09, 2006 - 02:34 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I plan what I want to do, but not when to do it, and try to make sure I have all the "parts" at home for are possible projects in the sense that once the time slot appears I could to execute any of the projects immediately if there is time and right inspiration. Whenever I get a timeslot or feel a peak of inspiration I usually pick one of the ideas on short notice. Short notice is what I consdier to be anything from a few hours to a couple of days.

Right now I am loosely thinking of maybe brewing this weekend unless I come up with something else, but I haven't decided yet what. I have several beer ideas and several experiments I'd like to pull of at the same time. I'm considering a light beer and I'm going to do a low oxygen experiment, I will work out the other details on the fly.

/Fredrik
 

michael atkins
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Post Number: 372
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A Brewing Calandar is a great idea.

You can't be brewing all the time, but if you are like me, when you are not brewing then you are "reading or thinking about brewing". The "brewing calandar" fits into the planning phase of your future brews.

I like to dertermine annually what I want to brew for next year, then determine when I want to have it available. I then organize my next year's brewing calandar. I run my brew year from September through May. I do keep June available for my experimental beers. I then tweak the September through May sequence to allow for using the previous yeast pitched upon the previous batch, especially for my lagers.

I also try to allow for the planning of ales verses lagers, and during the "ideal" lager season (Winter and Spring) have a batch of lager going at all times. I take a brewing break during the hot Summer months. If I can't stand the void I will brew a Belgium in the hotter weather.

The brewing calandar is then posted on my web site, and for me it's an easy reference.

Usually I brew two different recipes at the same time. If next Saturday may be a good time to brew then I will brew the beers that are planned for that month.

Another benifit is that after the calandar is made you can then plan for the ordering of your hops, and grains, etc.
Also as a side note I like to calculate my recipe and ingredients 2 - 3 weeks in advance so that all ingredients, yeast starters and whatever, are formulated on pro-mash and available in inventory.

For a look look at my brewing calandar, see below.
Love This Hobby!

http://msnusers.com/micksbrewery
 

Chris Stovall
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Username: Christo

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Registered: 02-2006
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For the past year and a half, our brew club has done a style of the month with discussion and tastings (that's the reason for recent fruit beer threads since that comes up in June), so that's been a good way to guide my typical wanderings toward making a few styles that I have not tried in the past and then compare against other homebrews or commercials at the meeting. I do about 1/2 the club styles each year, then always a Christmas Ale for winter/gifts and a saison for summer. Christmas ale recipe changes each year, but the saison never.
 

Dan Listermann
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I rarely plan more than a day in advance and this planning usually consists of switching on the HLT's heaters the night before. Recipe development may take a half hour at the most if it is a style that I have never made before. Generally my brewing is fairly laid back.

Dan

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Ned Buntline
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I usually set up a schedule, and throw in a few new recipes and experiments along the way. This is what I have planned:

2006

Jan - Bitter, English Pale, British IPA
Feb - American Wheat, Blond, American Pale
Mar - Euro Pils, VMO
Apr - Kolsch, Cream Ale, Alt
May - Euro Pils, Maibock (I know, it's late)
Jun - American Wheat, Blond, American Pale
Jul - Irish Stout, Irish Red, Porter
Aug - Open
Sep - ESB, English Pale, Pumpkin
Oct - Weiss, Weizenbock, American Wheat, Blond, Winter Warmer
Nov - American Pale, Oat (not Oatmeal) Stout, Winter Bock
Dec - Bitter, English Pale, British IPA

I tend to order supplies for the year right after harvest for grain and hops, so I like to plan ahead.
 

August West
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Mike:

I agree that a brew calendar is a good thing. Any idea where you can go to download a format?
 

Marlon Lang
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Dan,
I'm with you. Plans are like lawyers - None is better.
 

Graham Cox
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Post Number: 435
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Gees, Ned, I thought I was a brewing maniac.
 

Ned Buntline
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When you have a big screen HDTV and a brewery in your house, every hockey and football game is at your place.

Damn freeloaders...

...If I could just get them to stop hitting on my wife.
 

Sean Richens
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I brew by season, so I get a couple of ales going (top-of-head, usually) in Sep.-Oct., and plan the lagers for the winter - generally 10 batches with two strains, filling the slots with the beers I plan to make pretty much as the previous year, recipes I plan to evolve, and one or two I'd like to try. Some pretty nasty compromises have to get made here, but I'm making more of my favourites and fewer shots in the dark. I then put in loose dates to figure out the repitching pattern, avoiding pitching from dark beers to pale beers, and making krausen beer available for the premium batches.

As the lagers wind up, I plan the specialty beers and another ale or two. They usually sit on the "to-do" list until the carboys start becoming available again.

I found it's the only way to avoid being disappointed at the end of the season.