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How to maximise your brewing & drinking pleasures

After you've made a new beer, you will be keen to try it. Lots of brewers wait for a few weeks until their latest beer is ready to sample before they decide to make another one. They want to see if it's any good first.

I understand why they do this but I have to tell you it's a mistake.

Firstly, when your beer is just 3 or 4 weeks old, it will be good to drink but it won't be fantastic. Home crafted beer needs many more weeks in the bottle before it starts to taste really good.

So . . . sampling it at an early age is not a fair test.

Secondly, by delaying your next brew, you are not building up a stock of beer to mature. So, you will end up drinking all your beer while it is still young & you won't be able to reserve some bottles to improve with ageing.

The best way to get the most from your new hobby is to keep your fermenter working constantly. When you bottle one batch, get another one going as soon as you can. By doing this you will be able to reserve some bottles from every batch you make.

This means that in a few months time, you will have built a good stock of beer that has matured in the bottle. From then on, you will always have superb matured beers to enjoy with your friends and you can put all your new batches away to age.