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Old 02-29-2008, 05:41 AM   #1
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Wanna hear something funny??? I never even REALLY liked bear or appreciated it until I started learning about it and attempting to make it. I think I've been at this for a few months now...I haven't a clue why I got into it in the first place! All I can remember is that it was our first snowstorm in Buffalo...so for some reason I thought it would be a great idea to drive to the LHBS and buy a kit.

3 months later or so Ive accumulated about 15 carboys (7 of which are in constant operation)....and various other gadgets, had over 300 bottles "donated" to me, built kegerator....read 5 books.....moved from Extract to my first attempt at AG and am trying to decide whether to build a HERMS or RIMS with my welder friend. Am I saving money making beer??? Heck no! Am I addicted? Heck yes! In fact I've BOUGHT more beer than ever trying to figure out what the heck I like to drink...yet alone try to make.

So today Im trying to figure out what I was thinking when I decided to drive in a blizzard to pick up a beer making kit!

Answer...I brew with my little brother...and have a hell of a time together drinking our beer and sharing it with our friends when its done. I think to me at least...thats what this is all about...especially spending time with my brother.

So what got you addicts into this crazy obsession/hobby???

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Old 02-29-2008, 05:55 AM   #2
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You buy a new carboy every week? You must be brewing a metric sh** ton of beer, dude.

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Old 02-29-2008, 05:57 AM   #3
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I was already a beer snob, and wanted to take it to the next level. Plus I had a friend who brewed years ago but had quit, so she gave me all of her old equipment, so I got started for nothing but the cost of ingredients.

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Old 02-29-2008, 06:22 AM   #4
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haha...actually I had a friend getting out of the winemaking hobby and had a ton of carboys I picked up for 7 bucks a piece. I make a lot of beer because I host a poker game every friday and like to use the players as test dummies.

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Old 02-29-2008, 06:27 AM   #5
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I second the loving of brewing durring the monthly snow storms in buffalo. Niagara Tradition brewing is a nice drive even durring a snow storm...all the roads are major and plowed...most of the time!!!

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I got started through one of my co-workers / friends getting me a basic kit for Christmas of 2006. Having always been a beer drinker it was a logical step and I've discovered I'm good at it and I love doing it.

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Old 02-29-2008, 05:15 PM   #7
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I went to a beer expo and there was a homebrewer there brewing an AG batch. He and a few of his friends were giving their beer away. I thought it was the best beer I had ever had. Two weeks later I bought a kit. It's been a crazy year that's for sure.

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I found a copy of Charlie Pap's book in a box of old things donated to me by my brother-in-law when I left for college (oh so long ago). Read the whole thing in one sitting and was planning my first brew before I reached the end. Same brother in law subsequently donated all of his old extract gear when I asked him if he had ever tried brewing. Charlie sure has a way of making brewing accessible to the uninitiated.

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Yep I know the feeling. I started because I am a beer snob and wanted to try my hand at it. Im still new to it but I can see myself doing it for a long time. And really beer is the universal language for friendship haha or something like that.

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So what got you addicts into this crazy obsession/hobby???
i ALWAYS loved beer. this is the best hobby ever
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