In this episode, we discuss making the best out of your brew year by planning brews in advance to make sure you get what you want, when you want it. Whether it’s a specific style for a season or you want to enter competitions or because you need to brew certain styles based on the weather being in your favor. All you have to do is consider your needs, what options you have, and how you can best use them. And with a plan, you can be sure you get those brews scheduled before those best times pass.

For example, if you have a hard time getting your beers down to lager temperatures and keeping them there for a full lagering, then you should make it a goal to brew as many lagers as possible during the coldest time of year where you live. It doesn't work everywhere, but it does work in numerous locations where the days don't get much about 50F and/or you have a basement that stays nice and cold. It not only allows you to hold the temperature, the ground water for immersion and counterflow chilling is usually much cooler than the ambient day temperature. The same can apply to summer temps when it gets too hot outside to really be a productive brewer. Plan around those days.

If brewing for competitions is what matters most to you, then first of all you need to have a handle on the competition schedule you want to follow. If the one you care most about is in the near future, you would want to brew any big beers well in advance of that date and shouldn't consider those styles for entry. Instead, you'd want to brew up something that is ready fast and that you have a strong grasp on. And when the dates are further out, you know you have the time to brew specific styles for those dates. So, be sure to follow the right path toward what you need soonest for competition entry. You want to make sure that you send the best beer you can to each and so your timing has a large impact on those entries.

No matter what your need is, thinking about a brew year schedule and creating a plan will result in getting the most out of your brewing. Plus, it will keep your 'pipeline' of fermenting beer full and you won't run dry when you least expect it.

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