Monday, January 3, 2011

Happy Brew Year!

Well 2010 is finally over. I have to say, I'm glad to see it go. Without getting into a lot of personal garbage, 2010 straight up sucked. I'm extremely excited to get 2011 up and rocking. So far it's started off really great. I got a pair of 36oz. boots from my wife, along with "Yeast: The Practical Guide to Beer Fermentation" which I am totally excited to dive in to. But what's in store for 2011? I've got some ideas.

I'd really like to double the amount of followers for the blog. 2010 was a great year for new readers, bringing on Nick was a godsend. A practical internet heart attack led to a comeback that increased our followers by almost 10 times. I'd really like to kick the site up to the next echelon of beer blogging. How? No idea. I'm not a marketing guy. But watch out world.

I'd like to buy my own T-shirt. If you didn't know already, you can buy your own ATOTB merchandise. Stop reading this post right now, and go buy something. That said, I haven't even bought my own shirt yet. I'd like to expand the store a bit, and include a wider variety of shirts. Maybe actually make something that gets the site a little bit of income.

I'd like to update some of my brewing equipment. There's a few ideas I've been tossing around, and with my coaching season coming up, I'm going to have a little bit of play money. My first idea is to automate my burner for the hot liquor tank. At this point it's the only part of my HERMS system that isn't automated, and it would really kick it up a notch. Another idea I had was to build a low-cost, low profile, ultra-low energy lager-rator. I don't have everything laid out yet, but as a hint, it involves some wood, insulation, a pump, and some water. Oh, and a mini-fridge also. I'd also like to upsize my mash tun so I can brew a truly big beer (12, maybe 15% ABV? Oh yeeah). If I'm really feeling ambitious, I'd love to get myself (cue monster-truck voice) a FERMENTATOR.

Enter more competitions. I'd like to enter all the competitions I can. I reeeeeally want to get a 1st place under my belt. It wouldn't get any better than being able to say "hey, wanna try my award winning beer?"

And a number of random things. I want to see Adam over at The NonconFERMist finish his electric brew garage. I want to brew a really good hard cider. I want to try some new styles. I'd like to see what it takes to sell beer at a farmers market. I'd like to attend the 2011 beer bloggers conference. I'd like to start a beer list.

It looks like it's going to be a mighty busy year. But a good one! What are you going to do? Any big brewing plans? I hope all of you who got a kit for Christmas has brewed and caught the bug like I did almost 2 years ago. Good luck to everyone in 2011! I hope everyone made at least one resolution...

Drink more, better beer!

1 comment:

  1. I just want to brew more beer, taste more beer and enjoy more beer. Done.