Ralph wrote:What do you mean 'for the first few' PP? Try 60- odd mate! :D
See, you are such an old hand you have forgotten how important figures are to new brewers!!!
Old hands know that a few gravity points etc are not that important in getting a brilliant beer but gravity points and volumes are a big
concern to most new brewers and this isn't entirely a bad thing - for example, a dodgy thermometer might reveal itself sooner.
Just noticed that you might have misinterpreted my, 'the first few,' comment! I, in no way meant that your method is just good for a few brews you silly old bugger
. What I meant is that it might take brewers a few brews to work out the maximum volume of beer they can brew with the Maxi-BIAB method!
So, rest-assured I meant what I said above that your guide is brilliant. I have no worries about it being a great way of brewing 1000 batches!
If the guide (not the method) can be improved though, in any way, I think it only needs some more description of how the method cannot give you exact
volume yields until you have done a few brews and that this
is not a worry as no
method can do it!
New brewers are often like I was and crave certainty in their measurements which is quite sensible thinking - new brewers do not have the luxury of experience. Once a brewer has a few brews under their belt they realise how forgiving beers are and have the experience and knowledge of their system/equipment to get things pretty close anyway.
I often think about how close brewing is to cooking. One of my sisters is a truly exquisite cook. Anytime I eat at her place I usually can't talk during the meal as the flavours are ten-fold what you will get in the best of restaurants (seriously) - it's often too nice for me to talk. My other six sisters are also brilliant cooks. If I ask them for a recipe though, they say a pinch of this, a scoop of that etc. What I
want is exact measurements because I have no experience!
So, that is my only criticism of your guide - it may just need some more figures to give more confidence to the virgin brewer? Maybe throw in what figures and volumes you use? For example, when you use the phrase, "3/4 full" perhaps put the volume figure in? I wish my sisters would do this
The good news is that after a few trys, I can get close to my sisters' cooking.
I have done some guides occasionally on various things and know how hard they are to do. You have done a top job!
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