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Old 03-09-2013, 04:23 PM   #1
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So, I know a guy. Who's curious about learning to brew. Not much money, but has plenty of time. Started talking beer and that he's always been curious about it. We (he) keeps talking about getting together at his place to see where we could brew, etc. Then setting up a time to actually do it. He keeps mentioning he wants something going at his place.
I have no problem filling him in on what I know. He says he has a book on how to brew. Just not sure if it's the actual "How to Brew". He says it's over his head. But it always is if you haven't done it before. Need to find out if he has extract or all-grain process he's been thinking about.
Anyway, I think his idea is that I come over to his place with my equipment and brew something or walk him through it.
My issue with that is: if I'm brewing I want it to be MINE. Selfish I know, but....
I think he could afford the ingredients, etc. But in previous conversations, it sounds like he'll want to get together and brew stuff occasionally. but using my stuff or he's hoping to get some "hand-me-down" stuff.
Any input would be appreciated. Or ideas on how to handle it.
I guess the predicament is: I've never shared a brew day before. I've been to another's place and helped and watched and learned about all-grain. But I had nothing of my own. This is; he's expecting beer.

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Old 03-09-2013, 04:29 PM   #2
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I am a little different and I will let others use my equipment and encourage them to get started in it. Also I don't haul my equipment around, if you want ot brew and don't have or can't afford the equipment then you can brew at my house.

Why don't you brew two batches the same day, one for him and one for you?

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Old 03-09-2013, 04:33 PM   #3
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If he can't afford the $20 for an ale pail and airlock, then he probably shouldn't be brewing.

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It does sound to me like he's politely wanting something for nothing. And get you to do lord knows how much of the work. And I wouldn't lone my brewing stuff out,period. Not hauling it around either. If he really wanted to brewmhe'd have bought a kit or something.

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It does sound to me like he's politely wanting something for nothing. And get you to do lord knows how much of the work. And I wouldn't lone my brewing stuff out,period. Not hauling it around either. If he really wanted to brewmhe'd have bought a kit or something.
Agreed. If this is a good friend, I'd let him brew on my gear at my house - but he needs to at least buy a bucket, an airlock, and the ingredients.
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Yeah,that'd be minimum. I wouldn't mind so much if he just wanted him to help pick out what is needed to brew.

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Old 03-09-2013, 04:57 PM   #7
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So, the way I look at it is the whole "give a man a fish - he'll eat for a day, teach a man to fish - he'll eat for a lifetime"... If you have the capacity to show him how to do it, and explain that he can watch one of YOUR brew days, so your brew day equals you keep the brew. Then, yeah - help him out wiht some discounted hand-me-down equipment (again, if you have the capacity), or show him the discounted deals, like the Midwest Supplies discounted Groupon. And once he has some stuff, you can go watch one of his, that he gets to keep his own beer made, with ingredients he purchased.

I am all for dual brewing as well, if you have the capacity, brew a 10 gal batch - both of you pitch in for ingredients and then each get 5 gals of wort.

Check out his set up that he has, and help to grow the hobby!

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I had a similar situation with one of my friends, he had no equipment but was eager to learn. Rather than have him spend money on equipment he might never use again, I told him to go get a cheap ingredient kit, I think it was like 20-25 bucks, come over and I will show him how to brew it, bottle it, and when it's done, we split the batch. I think that's fair, since I gave him my bottles after all. Still need to get those back...

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I show people all the time--my equipment, my ingredients, my recipe, my house. When it is done I give him a twelve out of the batch.

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If your able to brew 10gal batches I say have him buy a carboy/bucket and split the cost of the batch. Tell him that this batch youll show him how to do it on your system but after that he needs to get his own equipment. Set up a brewday where he comes by to learn the process and takes his share home in his carboy. After that its up to him to pursue the hobby. If you want something in life you have to go for it, things won't just be handed to you. So you shouldn't just give him everything. But at the same time there's no reason not to help him out getting started on the right path.

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