Are you satisfied with that or are you thinking about upgrading?
I’m very satisfied with my system! The only thing I’d like to upgrade is my fermentation situation. Either get glycol or build a chamber that is controlled by an AC unit.
How are your experiences with PLAATO Airlock and PLAATO Keg? What do you think of being able to share the hobby with wifi-connected devices?
To be perfectly honest, I have never used either product. Not because I don’t want to, just because it’s out of budget for me. That said, the folks at PLAATO make some amazing products, very well thought out with good user interface as well as customer support. They have answered many questions for me, and I look forward to adding their products to my arsenal.
Do you have an unpopular opinion about homebrewing?
after years of entering competitions, I feel like they are a waste of time and energy. Instead of judging the beer that’s strictly based on style guidelines, it should be based on technical merit. Yes there should be some sort of factor in there of what style it is in, but I think the vast majority of Homebrewer‘s aren’t trying to brew a 100% to style west coast IPA for example, people are experimenting with different hops and yeast and grain and adjuncts and I feel like trying to enter what started out as a West Coast IPA in that category is only doomed to fail. Trying to enter in the specialty category is too broad. I just think the entire judging structure needs to be revised.
Any closing thoughts?
always have fun brewing and be patient. No matter how horrible of a brew day you had, you would be surprised at what your beer will turn into at the end. Just be patient with yourself and your ability and know that things will turn out in the end. And always have a beer on hand for brew days!