If you questioned homebrewers what they thought the worst part was, you might get a variety of answers. From bottling to clean up to infections, the answers could go on and on.
For me, it has been the wait after the beer is bottled. I have no problem with bottling (sure I have made a bit of a mess, but that cleans up) or clean up/sanitizing (you have to clean in your everyday life, so clean up is not too bad) and I haven't had an infection (fingers crossed) yet.
But having the Amarillo Armadillo in bottles, waiting for it to carbonize is killing me. One day after I bottled, I wanted the beer to be perfect. I have had to sit on my hands, drink more of the Sierra Marietta Pale Ale, or other stuff. And just keep myself busy trying not to think about it.
The people with kegging systems can say. "Ha. We just put gas on it and it is carbonated in half the time." But I don't have the space (yet, bar in basement is a project for the near future), nor cash to get started with kegging. Hopefully soon.
One of these things is not like the others
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