mercutio_stencil wrote:Ulc wrote:. I might add that brewing industrial scale is actually seriously easier than brewing small scale at home!
I'm with you there; having a complete set of equipment, made for the task at hand, that is all designed to work together makes a huge difference. It's hard to go back to a system of kludged together pots and pans. Not to mention, steam heated vessels and glycol cooled fermentation vessels are powerful forced for good.
Not just that (though it plays a huge part), but also the fact that when brewing industrial scale, you likely has a huge shed filled with 50+ different malts, meaning that you can pick and choose based on what you'd like in the beer, rather than what you have available (there's no way most home brewers will ever end up choosing to use three different chocolate malts in the same stout, just because they have a very, very slightly different taste). Same for hops - as it happens we only used one, and only for bitter hops, but the point is that there were shelf upon shelf of hops to choose from - and they never had to worry about "if I buy four different I wont get to use them before they go bad, so I'm limiting myself to two hops".