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Old 02-26-2010, 02:11 PM   #1
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Default Too Critical of the Beer you Brew?

I have found that by and large my friends and family really enjoy my beers. I on the other hand seem overly critical of them and sometimes have a hard time just relaxing and enjoying a few. I notice the imperfections, think about what I could have done differently and basically just figuritively "tear the beer apart" . For example I brewed a red india ale with summit hops recently. Everybody loves it but I on the other hand can sense a little green onion from the young summit hops and I just can't drink it. After 60 days in the bottle it will be great by my standards, but I can't stomach it now.

Have any of you also found yourselves to just be too critical of your own beer?

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Old 02-26-2010, 02:15 PM   #2
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Yea, I'm in the same boat. Sometimes it gets to the point that I can't even enjoy the beer I brew.

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Old 02-26-2010, 02:16 PM   #3
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Not too critical I guess since any flaws I find don't stop me from enjoying it all together, but I'm definitely more critical than anyone else. I think on some level it's only natural. I'm brewing because I want to make great beer, so if there's something wrong with it I want to fix it. You can't do that unless you notice the imperfections and figure out what's causing them. I also don't dwell on it with every beer in the batch I drink though. The first beer is generally a strictly analytical tasting, as is 3 or so other beers from the batch along the way, but in between I just drink and enjoy them.

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Old 02-26-2010, 02:17 PM   #4
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I've never really had that problem with beer... I always enjoy my brews.

I do have that problem in other areas... such as singing, or playing guitar.... can't stand the sound of my own music.. haha

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Old 02-26-2010, 02:31 PM   #5
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One of my flaws is that I am hyper-critical of anything I do, including the beer I brew. I still enjoy the stuff I drink for the most part, but even the stuff that everyone loves I still tend to focus on what I did wrong or what I need to do better next time.

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Old 02-26-2010, 02:37 PM   #6
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I'm critical of everything I drink. The trick is to be critical for about 30 seconds and then shut off and enjoy the rest of the glass.

Generally speaking the people who can find what is wrong or what could be better in their own beers make the best beers. It is a good quality if you can control it and still enjoy things.

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Old 02-26-2010, 03:17 PM   #7
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your not alone man, i believe that its the strive for greatness, with beer brewing or any other hobby that we all have, that tends to make us so critical.

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Old 02-26-2010, 03:17 PM   #8
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I used to be, then I decided this hobby should be fun. About 6 months into it I really started to have fun.

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Old 02-26-2010, 03:33 PM   #9
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I want to be critical of your beers too. Let me know cost of shipping to 14522.

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Old 02-26-2010, 03:35 PM   #10
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There's another thread on this in the Critique forum, and the consensus is, send some beer to some competitions. Its entirely possible that you're not being too critical, but that your friends are just telling you what want to hear.

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