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Old 10-25-2012, 09:23 PM   #1
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Default Advice for a brewer who doesn't drink

Edited November 19th, 2012
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To save you the time of reading all (currently) 27 pages, let me recap:

1. I am accused of being a troll - I am not
2. Most people think I should at least taste the beer - I still do not
3. The general consensus is that people wouldn't like me at meetups

No need to continue posting to this thread, as the majority of posts are now about how stupid the thread is and that it is too long and that it should die. I agree.
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Alright, I've been lurking around the forums for over a year, and been brewing about as long, and I am ready to make a confession, because I want to know how to proceed.

I am 30, and I have only drank alcohol 4 times in my life, three at 15, once around 2 years ago, and never beer.

My personality is that I think something is interesting, and research the hell out of it to learn as much as I can, and then move on. My wife wanted to know what beers go with what foods, so I started reading about beer pairing, and then about the styles, and then about the process, and then about the details of the process, and eventually, after talking about it with friends for a year, decided I wanted to try it.

I have brewed 37 batches (I keep meticulous notes), all based on science and best practices. My wife and brother are my alpha tasters, and I smell the ingredients, but I have never tasted any of it. I get feedback on a recipe, and modify it based on what that feedback is.

I approach it as a grand experiment, my bottling name is Sobeer Brewing, as in sober beer brewing. I put codes on the bottles and built a website, and people can rate the beers and give feedback on them and request branches with changes after putting in those codes. I have had beer parties where I serve several beers to get friends and colleagues together. I brew every other weekend.

I know this all sounds crazy, and maybe it is, but apparently it fits my personality, because everyone who knows me accepts it as just an extension of me.

If you're still reading, that's impressive, because here's my question: How will other brewers take this if I start telling them?

I hand out in the brew shop and chat, and they offer me beers the have on tap and I either politely decline or (if she's with me) accept and give it to my wife and ask her opinion so I can tell them. I want to go to meet ups, but I have an anxiety about telling them all this when I don't drink with them while talking about this great hobby.

Am I destined to be on my own island, or will the community accept me for my oddity?
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Old 10-25-2012, 09:26 PM   #2
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So my first question is why dont you drink beer?

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Old 10-25-2012, 09:28 PM   #3
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My advice it´s drink your beer.

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Old 10-25-2012, 09:29 PM   #4
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I don't drink at all, I just don't like the taste of alcohol and one of the four times I have drank when I was 15, I fist fought a friend of mine and didn't like who I became.

Obviously I don't have to drink until I am belligerently drunk, so at this point, it's just become part of who I am, a non drinker.

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Old 10-25-2012, 09:30 PM   #5
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Well you wrote all that drivel up there without telling us WHY? why in the hell would you do all the work and not enjoy the spoils of your labor? do you need attention? are you a control-freak? the only reason i brew beer is because i f-ing love it.
So seriously, WHY don't you drink beer? there has to be a reasoning behind it, because obviously you don't object to other folks drinking beer...

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How can you understand your ingredients if you never taste the results?

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I would wonder why you don't even taste what you're making. I've seen plenty of wine tasters take a sip of wine, swish it around in their mouth, and spit it out so they can just taste without drinking. Why don't you do the same? I imagine anyone would think it was a bit strange, but if you make good beer I guess it really doesn't matter. Do you just not like the taste of beer, or is there some other reason why you don't taste what you're brewing?

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Old 10-25-2012, 09:31 PM   #8
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To each his own. I'd have a hard time getting the motivation to get involved in such an extensive hobby without knowing first hand how the fruits of my labors taste to me. You only know what your tasters are telling you. I've been interested in cooking all my life and cook dinner for my wife and I about 5 nights a week...I ALWAYS taste test anything I make because I don't want to feed the wife or my guests something that doesn't meet my high standards. Same with brewing for me.

Just out of curiosity, and you don't have to share if you would rather not...why don't you try a beer? I know people who don't drink typically fall into 3 categories: 1. religious conviction 2. Family history with alcoholism 3. health issues preventing them from drinking 4. Don't want to become someone who abuses alcohol like so many young people these days. I'm just curious. I just find it hard to believe that if you fit into one of these 4 categories that you have brewed 37 batches of beer so far.

EDIT: I guess I posted too late you had already answered that question. Just FYI, low ABV beers (around 4%) 1. do not taste like alcohol 2. Will not get you drunk...even if you have no tolerance to it, why not just try a sip of each beer you make just to know how it tastes? Granted if you have never had beer all beer will probably taste terrible to you...beer is an acquired taste. I don't know anyone who at 16 when they had their first beer thought "Oh man this tastes awesome!"

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Old 10-25-2012, 09:32 PM   #9
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While personally I think this is a little odd I say more power to you for enjoying the brewing aspect and rewarding the people you know that do drink the fruit of your labor! I would think that if you are brewing good/great beer, knowledgeable about best practice and have something to contribute I could not see why a group would not be interested in what you have to offer.

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Old 10-25-2012, 09:33 PM   #10
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Well, it wasn't drivel, it was me trying to explain a bit about who I am and my process.

But, that's a good point, regardless.

I go out with friends all the time to bars, and people love to drink beer and talk and hang out. I love my friends, and want to be a part of that, but don't have a desire to drink. So it's a way for me to be with them and I can still talk about beer and give them some of my own. I hear a lot of brewers talk about how much they love when they give a beer to someone and they flip over it. I have the same reaction. I love when people drink my brews and enjoy hanging out with them and making them part of my process.

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