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Walking_Target 01-23-2013 10:32 PM

Simple Rules for Drinking My Homebrew
Most of us got into this hobby for the simple dual purposes of drinking excellent home made brew and sharing said brew with our friends.

But most, if not all of us, upon sharing said brew with friends, tend to develop pet peeves with how our friends treat our brew, our bottles or our pride (not that anybody here could be accused of having pride or anything...)

So, to help kick this off (and because it's too darn cold outside to start a batch, here's my first few.

1. Not rinsing the bottle! I don't mind giving you beer, but for the love of all that is hoppy, just run a little water through that thing!

2. Abusing the bottles! *don't* put the cap back on a plastic bottle when you rinse it with hot water... they never get their shape back...

3. Not Believing me about ABV % Really, if you're not gonna believe me when I say it's 8% per bottle, kinda your bad decision there. Tossing two back and not being able to stand up, while mildly entertaining, is not so entertaining when you end up with that beer on your shoes. in my living room. On the carpet.

4. Complaining about my beer! It's free. It's cold. It's bad form even when it's a commercial brew, saying it's crap to me is just insulting.

5. Asking for a tall boy and only drinking a quarter of it! This is probably more annoying for those who keg, but understandable (if irritating) for those who bottle. If you can't finish a full beer, why'd you pour one? Why'd you open a 1L bottle when there's a bunch of 500ml ones with the same labels??

6. Not taking it home (wines, meads)! I keep extra bottles, safety-seal PET caps, corks, shrink wraps and etc on hand at all times. If you liked something that much, don't stick me with a bottle with one glass out of it. If I say I can cork it up for you, bloody take it. I wouldn't offer if I didn't mean it!!!!! It's not violating open container law if it's sealed!

That's it for me for now, anybody else?

h4mmy86 01-23-2013 10:36 PM

A buddy of mine is a waiter and I think he took offense to me trying to explain to him how to pour a bottle conditioned beer. "I know how to pour beer, dammit" he probably thought as he quickly poured it into his glass during my explaining to him to watch out of the yeast in the bottom.

...but he did take my advice on the next bottle

CaptnCully 01-24-2013 01:11 AM

I often find myself thinking " Is this person really worthy of one of my beers?" Especially when the pipeline is starting to clog!

whitehause 01-24-2013 01:34 AM

I took a couple bottles of my Zombie Dust clone to a co worker who loves IPA's. He drank them a couple days later with his neighbor and they both thought it was great. The next day he shows up with a 1/4 keg and asks if I could make him a batch. I said you realize it'll take about 5 weeks, and it's not cheap. At this point he says " It's homebrew...It can't cost more than few bucks. That's why I brought the keg,it's the bottles that run the price up."
Shake head....walk away.

I don't know why people think that just because you made it, it should be free. I don't count my time when it's for me, or to share at my house, but if you want a whole batch it's gona cost you.

biohaz7331 01-24-2013 02:47 AM

Yeah I agree with all of this and understand! I hate when people want a big glass but then only drink a little bit and then the beer gets warm and it gets wasted.

lespaul23 01-24-2013 06:14 AM

Im with you on the rinsing. How long does it take? 5 seconds, you see them on the counter and in the dishwasher, just rinse them out lol.

CityOChampBrew 01-24-2013 06:25 AM


Originally Posted by Walking_Target (Post 4818474)

4. Complaining about my beer! It's free. It's cold. It's bad form even when it's a commercial brew, saying it's crap to me is just insulting.

How else will you grow as a brewer if you don't get feedback or critizism.

tektonjp 01-24-2013 09:42 AM

Jeez! STOP WHINING! Rules? Give me a break. What a control freak! Stop sharing your beer and life will be good.

Apatride 01-24-2013 10:00 AM

Rules is a strong word let's say "things you would like to happen and things you don't want to happen".

My biggest issue: I live in Ireland, I come from north of France so half of the people I know are Belgian style beer drinkers or Irish red Ale or Stout drinkers.
They asked me to give them some IPA I just brewed and I warned them it would be different from other things they are used to.

The worst I got:
-It tastes like Paulhaner (twice, including once from a guy who used to run a beer bar... In Germany)
-It tastes like beer flavoured lemonade (Ouch!)

Fortunately, I got some very nice comments as well from people who know what IPA is (including the guy who got me into home brewing and who is a respected brewer) so my confidence is still high but since I plan to brew mainly IPAs for a few months, I will be a bit more picky regarding who I offer my beer to.

mburnett274 01-24-2013 10:24 AM

When I'm asked if I will make a batch of beer for someone. My response is "I can show you how to make your own".
Sometimes I get takers. the ones that don't take me up on it get the message.

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