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tim2akat2 02-13-2012 02:46 AM

How do I approach this? (family recipes)
I went to a game night party and brought a Kona Long Board 6 pack as I just started homebrewing. It was a huge hit only wish I had gotten a 12 pack. Anyway one of the ladies there found out I was starting to homebrew and told me her father made some of the best homebrew and use to store it under the house to age and keep it cool. She told me stories of her father's great beers and how wonderful they tasted. She even asked if I would give her a six pack of brew and I said absolutely. Then she nearly caused me to pee may pants when she said one of my prize possession is my dad's recipe book sometimes I just wish I could brew this recipe or that one. I didn't ask for the book but really did want to ask to look at the book and make a copy. How do I get her to let me see that book her dad started brewing in the 1960's and well she claimed he made the best beer she has ever tasted. I really want to look at that book but don't want to offend. How do I go about this?

PS I have only met her twice

day_trippr 02-13-2012 02:51 AM

I would feel honored to share such an item if I had one. You should simply ask her if she would show you her dad's brew log.

Part of being an old fart is the privilege of passing along knowledge (often whether the recipient asked or not ;) )


kh54s10 02-13-2012 02:54 AM

Just ask. She would probably be happy to share and at worst she would say no.

homebrewdad 02-13-2012 02:54 AM

She felt comfortable enough with the subject to ask you for free beer. I cannot imagine that she'd be offended that you asked to see her dad's brew records.

The absolute worst thing she can do is to say "no". Relax. Odds are that she'll be more than happy to accomodate you.

Darkness 02-13-2012 02:55 AM

Come on man ask her if she would want to come over and brew one of the recipes then you will have a chance to look at the book

beninan 02-13-2012 02:56 AM

As day_tripper (EIDT: and everyone else now) said, just ask. What's the worst that could happen? She says no?

I would almost be worried about the recipes to be honest, and probably would only read them to see how things were done back then. A lot of brewing practices have changed a lot. I have a brewing book with the copyright date of 1978. Reading the book literally made me laugh hysterically, and the recipes in supplied with it would almost considered a joke today.

Dan 02-13-2012 02:58 AM

Doesn't sound like she's keeping any secrets. Probably doesn't know how valuable a brew log is to a homebrewer, just her dad's brew book. If her dad is still alive, (guessing maybe he isn't) meet him. Doesn't seem to be in a homebrewers blood to keep secrets.

If he has passed on then I'd ask her to have a look at the book.

How do you do that? You'll have to answer that question for yourself.

beersteiner2345 02-13-2012 03:01 AM

You could offer to sleep with her if she shares the book with you. ;)

Satisfaction 02-13-2012 03:04 AM


Originally Posted by Darkness (Post 3778937)
Come on man ask her if she would want to come over and brew one of the recipes then you will have a chance to look at the book

I agree, the way you describe it she is looking for a trip down memory lane. Could be interesting.

beninan 02-13-2012 03:06 AM

If she starts calling you daddy, I'd turn away...

Unless you are into that kind of stuff ;)

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