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Homebrew Q&A: How to Brew Consistent Batches

Question:  What are 3 tips to a homebrewer that you can give to help them achieve batch consistency from one brew session to the next?

Answer:

1. Fermentation temp control. To me, this is the biggest challenge to homebrewers getting started and makes the biggest difference in the finished product.

2. Pitch healthy yeast. Making proper sized yeast starters for liquid yeast and rehydrating dry yeast are critical to healthy fermentation.

3. Give it time. Never rush a fermenting beer by racking it too early. Off flavors that need more time won't get cleaned up if you do.

- David Curtis, Bell's General Store Manager and resident homebrew expert

This post is a part of an occasional homebrew Q&A series. Bell’s founder and president Larry Bell began brewing his own beer in the late 1970s after working at Sarkozy Bakery in Kalamazoo where he learned about yeast and fermentation. Larry opened his homebrew supply store, Kalamazoo Brewing Co., in 1983, which later became Bell’s Brewery. Homebrewing is still a big part of who we are. This series is an homage to our homebrew origins - one of the ways we give back to the community that helped us get to where we are today.  Homebrew equipment and supplies can be purchased online or in person at our General Store.

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