Repitition, Repitition, Repitition
The biggest leap in quality and consistency for myself was setting up an area where the brewing process becomes routine. This has many benifits, the biggest of which is an increase on success rate for a clean, uninfected home brew.
Think of it as almost a production line. I'm lucky enough to have a room i can dedicate exclusivly to brewing.
- Starting off with a sanitization area where all my equipment can be cleaned and preped for use. This surface is the height of my "Strike zone" (the area at which tasks are carried out with the least amount of strain on the body). The advantage here is a relativly effortless cleaning process that cuts down cleaning time, but most of all makes it easier to fight the urge to cut corners which could lead to ruining my brew.
- Next to this is a shelf where my tray of sanitized equipment, wort, yeast and any other ingredients can lay as I start the primary. which is already at the level (Strike Zone) required for racking into the carboy later.
- Underneith this station hides said carboy which was cleaned with the other equipment at the start of fermentation and sealed. Now when the primary is finished I sanitize, rinse and rack. When in the carboy, the primary and all used equipment have been cleaned and stored underneith, where the carboy once sat.
- Finally we have our cabinet of clean bottles waiting to be filled. They're pre-cleaned and ready for sanitation. Grolsch bottles of course, so no caps or machine required for capping.
Perhaps this sounds extensive? The scale of this 'massive' production line is a whopping 8" at most. It may sound silly to have such a setup but...
- im never out of arms reach from anything I need for each process. So there is no searching for that elusive bottle of Diversol or running off because I forgot something.
- Eliminates transporting my freshly sanitized equipment from my bathroom/kitchen to my brew station and collecting any nasties along the way.
- All of the work becomes much easier, so starting a batch requires about as much thought as cracking a bottle from the last brew.
- Last but not least: Ive increased my seccess rate and consistency