Hey all. Best holiday wishes.
I don’t have a question. There’s a first! Instead I just wanted to reiterate to any other non-professionals like me to not let brewing setbacks discourage you. I had 3 garbage brew sessions in a row, two of which I dumped and, while the experiences weren’t the end of the world, I did experience a crisis of confidence and honestly considered giving it up. Proper perspective acknowledged, it was a genuine downer because I really love this hobby and had gotten quite good at it.
All I can say is to keep asking questions and keep focusing on the basics. Most of all, remember that you’re going to F Up on occasion but just keep learning from your mistakes. For me specifically, it all boiled down to having a crappy thermometer that caused my mash temps to be way too high. That’s all it was. So I’m glad I didn’t give into my self pity and kept at it and kept diagnosing the problem.
So chin up brewers and RDWHAHB. Cheers.