A collection of tips learned that might be helpful to you.
- Don’t forget to clean all your stuff before you use it. Stuff you do not need to clean are things like tubing, your cooling coils, and your pumps.
- When you unlock the immersion coils and counterflow coolers, USE THEM.
- The above items can be used with electric kettles to double as immersion/counterflow heaters to help you maintain that mash temp.
- Mash temperature. If you follow the recipes exactly, you’ll often end up with too much liquid and a mash that’s too hot. I have tried adding boiling water until the mash hits 65C, but this often results in not enough thermal mass to maintain the temperature without constantly adding more water. Conversely, if you do exactly as it says, you will often find yourself with not enough capacity once you do the mash out. The solution here is to either upsize your mash tun where possible, or when you can, see #3.
- When it asks for 50g of coriander, that’s equivalent to 50ml of coriander.
- Pumps are extraordinarily useful for moving liquids from one container to the next. They do not, however, speed up the water out of the faucet (unless I’m retarded and hooked it up wrong).
- You have a lot of time and unlimited ingredient quantities. Use it. Experiment.
- When buying stuff, it is important to make sure you pick up ingredients before gear, or else you’ll be a little screwed.
- The brew pots you unlock later on have spigots on them that allow you to use tubing to move the liquid around. They are much better for reducing contamination.
- When using conditioning containers, do not forget to put the lid back on unless you like flat beer.
- Oak barrels are nice, but don’t forget they impart flavor to the beer. If you are attempting to brew something with specific flavors, keep this in mind.
- Plastic is not necessarily a bad thing.
- If you happen to add a little more or less, don’t panic. It’ll be fine.
- If stuff overflows, also don’t panic. It’ll be fine.