1. Improve my kit. Namely: re-calibrate my mash tun and boiler/HLT; upgrade the insulation on my mash tun. This will allow for greater consistency between batches and improved control of mash temperature.
2. Brew smaller batches, more frequently. I love beer but I've never been one that enjoys drinking to excess. A lot of home brewers criticise small batches because it takes roughly the same effort to brew 50 litres or 15 litres. Despite this, I brewed 10 litres of black IPA over Christmas and found the brew length to be about right. I rather end up with 60 small bottles of three different beers, than 60 all the same. If something turns out well, I can always brew more of it!
3. Brew a low alcohol, refreshing, hoppy beer for summer. I've talked briefly about this here. I want it to be around 2%, red in colour, hoppy, crisp and refreshing.
4. Attempt something innovative. I want to try something that hasn't been done before or is rarely ever done. It could be the way I age the beer, an unusual adjunct, a twist on the brewing process. Ideas welcome.
By no means a huge list, but part of the fun of home brewing is letting things develop and change as you go. A big "to do" list doesn't fit with that philosophy, so this is more a short list of things I know I want to do. It's my intention to track progress using this blog, so keep reading to find out how things play out.