Originally Posted by Genghis77
I think the greatest problem with home brewing is the amount of trials to find the "ideal beer." Tastes are often limited to the major beers and maybe a small sampling of import and microbrews. Takes a while to home in on the right recipes. Looking back there have beeen disappointments, but never a truly bad batch. One really noticable thing is my increased craving of hops since I first started.
I think you will also find this to be the case - I know I have. I have yet to find my upper limit on hoppiness, each batch I go higher than the last, and it only seems to taste better.
About the only beer that really approaches the overall delicious-ness of my own brews is maybe Paulaner Hefeweizen - it's darn sure not a Bud! I started down this path a year ago, have made maybe ten batches and I can count on one hand the number of commercial beers I drank in my house since I cracked open my first bottle.
Edit - oops - forgot something - I did buy a case of Stoudt's Red Head Ale because I needed bottles and I liked the ones that it comes in. A fine brew but still not the equal of my own.
Home brewed beers are like sex - even the worst is great!