2013 American Craft Beer Resolutions
By scot in Beer, Lounge on Tuesday, January 1st, 2013
Time seems to be at full warp speed anymore. Days, week, months seem to last no longer than a blink of an eye with my memory being about the same. Last year I made a few resolutions that I would like to revisit while making a few more predictions for the year ahead, 2013.
My focus for 2012 was to increase and improve my home brewing while trying to stick to an American craft beer budget. I also wanted to hit up five new breweries. For once I hit all of my goals:
- I brewed 20 times. During the year I tried new tips and tricks to get better mash efficiency, get acquainted with Brett, better fermentation temperatures, etc. Myself and my friends get a win from better brewing.
- Outside of some nuttiness late in 2012, I spent $30 or less in eight of the months on American craft beer. The cellar is still large but there was a small dent placed in its’ side.
- Most of the breweries I visited in 2012 were on the Ohio trip. I got my five in, barely.
My 2013 resolutions aren’t going to be that much different but maybe a bit more precise.
- 20 brews is a nice round number. I don’t have to hit that many or I could go over throughout the course of the year. That isn’t the goal. I want to finish getting the last few pieces to my home brewery that will allow me to be a better and more self reliant home brewer.
- Grain mill
- 15 gallon brewing pot
- Freezer to control fermentation temperature and possibly my first lager
- Keep American craft beer expenditures to near or lower than 2012 levels. Use the saved money to help achieve number one.
- Visit five new breweries in my home state of Illinois. I have been to very few locally, time to expand the breadth of Illinois craft beer appreciation.
I hope everyone has a healthy 2013 aided along the path by a dose of American craft and/or home brew. Enjoy!
Useless Fact: In a very early draft of Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones carried brass knuckles instead of a bullwhip.
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