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Old 11-26-2012, 01:27 PM   #1
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So I've been brewing 5 gallon extract batches for almost a year now and I'm sure, as most of you, I give a portion to friends and family to try. My reasoning is I like to get feedback so I can figure out where to make changes in my recipes to become a better homebrewer (plus its nice to get a pat on the back when a recipe comes out good). I'd say as of right now if I get 2 cases from a 5 gal batch I probably give away a case between some of my family members, close friends, guys I work with, and even mail some out to friends in other states (which tends to get expensive). I tell everyone I have no problem giving out the beer, just give me some honest feedback in return. My issue is I get feedback from hardly anyone! I'd be happy with acknowledgment that they at least tried the beer at this point!! Lol Am I delusional and think my beer comes out good and everyone else is afraid to tell me it sucks, or are people really that inconsiderate that they can't tell you what they though of the free beer you gave them that costed you time and money to make? Now I do it cause I love to brew, but am I a sucker for sharing the fruits of my labor?? Anyone else have the same problem??

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I think they're just diggin free beer for the most part. Competitions would give better feedback. Plus less effort & costs involved.
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Old 11-26-2012, 01:34 PM   #3
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Good call!!

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I have a group of guys that I brew with. I make 25 gallon batches and the other guys make 10 and 15 gallon batches. We swap kegs all the time which gives good feedback from people who know beer and understand what honest feedback really means. My suggestion is to find a couple of guys to brew with and set up a swap meet. Competitions are good also but depending on how many entries there are, you stand a good chance of getting lost in the shuffle.

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Just makes more sense to me than the oh boy,free beer! crowd. You know who your friends are when this knid of thing happens.
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There are those who enjoy drinking beer.
There are those who appreciate beer.

While the two are not mutually exclusive they are also not always the same person.

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Some of the people I give it out too are avid craft beer enthusiasts and fellow home brewers! I'm really gonna have to rethink who I share with and start saving more for myself. Thanks for letting me vent and for the advice! Cheers

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There are those who enjoy drinking beer.
There are those who appreciate beer.

While the two are not mutually exclusive they are also not always the same person.
Amen.
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Some of the people I give it out too are avid craft beer enthusiasts and fellow home brewers! I'm really gonna have to rethink who I share with and start saving more for myself. Thanks for letting me vent and for the advice! Cheers
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I find that friends and family are always appreciative. If I want honest criticism, I take a couple of bottles to a homebrewers club meeting or share with a friend who works at the local craft brewery.

If the beer has a problem, these guys will tell me so. They'll also tell me how to fix it the next time.

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