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Old 02-17-2009, 05:32 AM   #1
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Default Malt smell- I'm not alone!

I work the late shift so I got home just before midnight. Got out of my car and walked down to check the mail. The aroma of boiling wort was drifting through the neighborhood. I looked up and back in the garage. Nope- no brewing going on there...

I'm not alone! Someone brews within a short distance, maybe houses down. It feels good.

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Old 02-17-2009, 05:38 AM   #2
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we Texans need our homebrew

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Old 02-17-2009, 05:55 AM   #3
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I think the brewers in my area must be secretive about there brewing. I have caught a whiff here and there in my neighborhood but couldnt narrow it down to a house.

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Old 02-17-2009, 07:47 PM   #4
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Old 02-17-2009, 08:14 PM   #5
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My neighbor actually came over this fall while I was brewing in my carport because he thought I was "cooking drugs"! (exact quote). I nearly pissed on myself laughing. Problem is, now he comes around all the time to "say hello" (read: mooch homebrew)

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Old 02-17-2009, 08:27 PM   #6
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i love that smell.

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Old 02-17-2009, 08:38 PM   #7
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Sadly here at the medical school where I work I get that malt smell all the time...but it is only from the incinerators burning up all the agar plates and other medical waste from the student research labs....they use a form of DME evidently in their plates and it sure as heck smells like it...but like beer making and burning blood actually.

My partner here at work is a homebrewer as well and he agrees that it reminds him of cooking wort.

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Old 02-17-2009, 08:49 PM   #8
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A few signs to look for;

- A beard, bald, and carhart overalls. However, this (fortunately) does not apply to female homebrewers. Well, not all of them at least.

- Homebrewing bumper stickers.

- Frequent gatherings but no beer bottles in the recycling bin.

- Spent grain bits in the driveway (from cleaning out the tun).

- A beautiful looking hop trellis visible from the street and dead grass in the yard peppered with bare spots.

- Little red O2 bottles in the blue bin.

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Old 02-17-2009, 08:57 PM   #9
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I too have a myster homebrewing neighbor. I live in a condo complex and one of the wireless internet sources my computer sees is called "homebrew" I've trying to figure it out for ever and can't. I'm hoping one day, they will see me taking my spent grain out to dumpster, i can make friends with them, and get free internet

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I too have a myster homebrewing neighbor. I live in a condo complex and one of the wireless internet sources my computer sees is called "homebrew" I've trying to figure it out for ever and can't. I'm hoping one day, they will see me taking my spent grain out to dumpster, i can make friends with them, and get free internet
Don't forget that we're not the only people with the moniker "Homebrew" if you google the word you will see that people who build their own electroncis, especially computers, for whatever reason call it homebrew...

In fact at the bottom of google there are now "related searches"...and here's what came up...

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homebrew psp
homebrew electronics homebrew downloads homebrew heaven
homebrew recipe homebrew instructions homebrew kegs psp hacks
So your neighber could just as easily be a computer geek, and a beer maker...

Sorry.
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