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Old 06-09-2012, 05:03 PM   #21
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From the replies to this post I am starting to see a pattern based on where people live.

Now I will say that most people I talk to about brewing are actually quite nice and interested, it's just the occasional jerk that ticks me off, and yes I ignore them.

That being said, the temperature here in Tucson is expected to be quite cool today, at around 101 degrees (it was 111 last week). I started brewing at about 6:30am to beat the heat. The mash is just about finished and it is now 9:00am, thats close enough to 10:30 baby!!!

I'm cracking the first one!!

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Old 06-09-2012, 07:17 PM   #22
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Just tell them you that you brew right after cleaning your guns.

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Old 06-09-2012, 07:59 PM   #23
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My parents' friends usually look at me funny when they find out I brew my own. In fact, one of them is staying at the 'rents house for a few days for a classical music festival, and she was skeptically curious about my hobby. I reassured her that I (mostly) drink because I love the taste of good beer and not to get drunk, but she still seemed leery. I poured her a small taste of my summer ale that I had brought over for my dad and she quickly asked for a whole beer and we discussed the brewing process for 20 minutes.

Non-BMC beers (even mediocre ones from inexperienced home brewers) seem to strike a positive nerve once they have been tasted.

However, I also don't bring it up during the "what are your hobbies" portion of interviews

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Old 06-09-2012, 08:08 PM   #24
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Just tell them you that you brew right after cleaning your guns.
Or tell them you brew beer while taking a break from either making moonshine or meth

All my coworkers and friends know I brew. None of them brew, but a handful know others who do. I don't really get any negative reactions, generally just curious ones. One coworker keeps asking me to make him Miller Lite (jokingly- he's a BMC drinker, but knows enough about it from me to know why I'm not going to do that)
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When I order my supplies online the UPS guy always drops my stuff off at work. Everybody from the company owner on down knows I homebrew. Most think it's pretty cool.
I get the usual stupid questions like "are you making moonshine too"?
Most people are just ignorant to the homebrewing culture and don't understand what we are about. I was the same way before I started brewing and I didn't know jack chit. You just have to understand people's ignorance about it, it's not their fault.
99.99% of Alabamians don't know it's still illegal to homebrew here, including some homebrewers. I didn't know either when I first started.
A good number think homebrewing and making moonshine are the same thing.

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Old 06-09-2012, 10:03 PM   #26
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99.99% of Alabamians don't know it's still illegal to homebrew here, including some homebrewers. I didn't know either when I first started.
A good number think homebrewing and making moonshine are the same thing.
You home brew in Alabama even though it is illegal!!?

Your street cred just went through the roof!!

I raise my glass to you Sir.
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Old 06-10-2012, 01:43 AM   #27
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CA seems to be fairly enlightened when it comes to beer in general, and craft beer in particular. Pretty much anyone I've mentioned homebrewing to is really curious about the whole thing. I do typically get asked the question if it's cheaper and I end up telling them it's cheaper than the kind of beer I buy, but not cheaper than Bud Light.

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I never got that reaction. I did get a comment once about how my house must smell like a brewery.

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Old 06-10-2012, 03:03 PM   #29
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I never got that reaction. I did get a comment once about how my house must smell like a brewery.
I had a neighbor come by and tell me what I was cooking smelled so good, "must be boiled peanuts, man that smells good." I politely told her it was just as good, I was brewing beer. Grin to semi-frown in about .2 seconds. "Oh, well I thought it was peanuts. Okay then, have a good day."

Here in the South they can still thumb their nose at you, but in a polite way.
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Old 06-10-2012, 03:07 PM   #30
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What? You bake cookies? You eat so much junk food you need to make your own sweets?

Same thing.

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