Old Traditions Die Hard

Brewing has been around for a while and like most trades it has a myriad of rules that some consider unbreakable. While traditions and good advice about brewing are all well and good, rules are not absolute. As a budding homebrewer it is a great idea to learn the basics and try the traditional styles because with that knowledge base you can now branch out and experiment, break some rules and really make a beer your own. In my experience the best way to advance your brewing skills is to try new things, like with any skill - if you stagnate you'll never improve.

Traditions and rules are for the unimaginative and discreet - break away from those boring norms and make something exciting; like a ginger porter or spruce-tip hopped beer! You might fail, you might not - either way you've got some beer to drink!


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