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Old 09-25-2011, 02:00 AM   #11
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I dont know but i do know when i really make a good beer because a few of them stand out way more than the others. Im enjoying my first lager a hell of a lot more than Heavy Seas Prosit octoberfest imperial lager.Most of my beer is average to great just like in the store.Except the only ones ive dumped are from the store or mine when they are not carbed. And i shure enjoyed my first pumpkin ale @ 8 months compared to a good handfull of commercial pumpkins ive tried this year.

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Old 09-25-2011, 02:05 AM   #12
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I think the answer comes from the sharing...do your non-homebrewer associates place as much value on your brew as you do?
Yeah but do they only drink bmc? Hmm.
I always say 'be honest" how does it taste? But if they dont drink anything but light beers i dont give a **** what they think for the most part. And ill probably wont even give it to them to begin with, with a closed light mind.
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Old 09-25-2011, 04:46 PM   #13
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I definitely notice when a beer truly stands out, but I can honestly say I have only made two batches that I legitimately did not like. One stout was way too "thin" with barely any flavor, and a barleywine experiment went completely wrong. I think a lot of the people on this forum are TOO harsh when judging their beers. I've never dumped a batch and don't see myself ever having to unless I'm experimenting and get a little too frisky.

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Old 10-20-2011, 08:07 PM   #14
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I agree. If something obviously turns out poorly, I dump it in relatively short order. I'll usually give it a few pints, if it's bad and my roommate isn't drinking, down the drain it goes.
Totally. I can tell when I make a beer that is not good & I'd rather drink something good. I also know with 90+% certainty what beer my SO will/will not like.

For guests who haven't had the particular beer on tap yet, I always serve them two small (2-4oz) glasses at the same time, so they can choose which of the two taps they like better.

I no longer solicit uninformed people's feedback, i.e. ask them if they like it. When I present the beer, I just tell them, "if you don't like it that is fine... don't drink it."
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Old 10-20-2011, 08:21 PM   #15
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Well,like other things in life the artist is most critical of his/her own works. It's the nature of the beast.
I like the fact that my wife is a good critic of my beers,& is now fermenting her second batch. I guess I'm doing something right.
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Old 10-20-2011, 10:29 PM   #16
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A lot of homebrewers beer tastes like crap to me and the go banannas for it. I can only guess it's because they made it and it's passable.

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Old 10-21-2011, 12:49 AM   #17
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I have always been my beer's toughest critic. There have been a couple batches that I found almost unpalatable but my semi-seasoned beer drinking friends have said it tastes good. But a majority of my beers, typically the ones that I find average to good, have only received good to excellent reviews by even the most seasoned of my beer drinking friends.

I can understand how the "ikea effect" might make you more attached to your creation, but I would be surprised if it effected your objectivity to the point where you could not decipher a good beer from a bad one.

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My first batch tasted bad to me therefore I didn't drink it. I did have a hard time getting rid of the last few bottles though. Hmm odd

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Just like Frankenstein or "the modern Prometheus" all over again...Victor can't wait for his creation to come to life. An all-consuming passion. But is totally mortified when it does.
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I like the fact that my wife is a good critic of my beers,& is now fermenting her second batch. I guess I'm doing something right.[/FONT]
Tell me how you managed that. My wife has almost no interest in brewing. I also offered to teach her how to play poker well enough to beat most people in the casinos in Vegas, but she hasn't taken me up on that either. Although, she has picked up enough through osmosis to beat all her friends when they play.
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