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Old 08-20-2014, 03:35 PM   #1
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Since I started brewing i've noticed when I share my beer with someone for the first time I get the question "How did you make this?" or "That's pretty good! What's in it?"....

I never know quite what to say to these people. If I get into the full process of how I mash grains & boil and chill & pitch yeast & prime & bottle etc. I'm going lose them somewhere along the line and just be getting a blank stare b/c they have no idea what I'm talking about, and at this point probably no longer care.

If I tried to tell them what the ingredients are they wouldn't know what crystal malt is or citra hops or hops at all for that matter.

I usually just say I make it with grain hops & yeast. And then I always have to explain what hops are. I also always get asked

Them: "How long did this take you to make?"
Me: "about 6 weeks from start to finish."
Them: "6 weeks!?!"

UGH yes please don't ask how I do it b/c I know you don't really care... lol

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Old 08-20-2014, 05:01 PM   #2
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I love talking homebrew with people who don't know about it! I want to share my passion, not keep it to myself. In fact, I think that'll be the tagline of my autobiography/porn debut!

In all seriousness, you don't need to talk to people about the specifics of what crystal malts or citra is, or anything else, they just want to know the concepts. Like crystal malt is a kilned malt that has been caramelized to add a caramel/molassas flavor to beer. The longer it's kilned (10 min v. 20 v. 120, etc.), the heavier the caramel flavor. For hops, it's all about the different flavors hops put off (floral/citrus/tropical fruit/spicy, etc.), the alpha acids, and the point at which they go in the boil.

Than again, maybe you just don't like to share your knowledge. Not everyone does!

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I say: Well, you soak malted barley in water. You strain off and keep the water. Then you rinse the barley and keep that water too. You boil that water for an hour and add hops while it boils. Once it cools you add yeast and let it sit for 3 or 4 weeks then package and wait another 3-4 weeks and enjoy!!

That's as simple as you can make it I think. Then there will be more questions and you can go deeper. (twss)

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Old 08-20-2014, 06:43 PM   #4
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Than again, maybe you just don't like to share your knowledge. Not everyone does!
I love to talk about my love/knowledge of beer, but I feel like people ask and then if I try to explain as I love doing somewhere along the way their eyes glaze over and I can tell they are either no longer listening or I have completely lost them. It's not that I'm not willing to share my knowledge I just don't think people are ready for a 5 minute explanation when they ask.
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Yeah, that's what I'm saying, just dumb it down to the level of whoever you are talking to. If they ask for specifics, give em specifics, but you certainly don't have to. I often tell people that making beer is like making tea, just with crushed grain instead of ground tea leaves. That's a basic place to start.

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Soak barley, rinse barley, collect water. Boil water with hops for one hour. Cool to room temp and add yeast and wait.

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Yeah, that's what I'm saying, just dumb it down to the level of whoever you are talking to. If they ask for specifics, give em specifics, but you certainly don't have to. I often tell people that making beer is like making tea, just with crushed grain instead of ground coffee. That's a basic place to start.
you make tea with coffee? I brew all grain and Im super confused right now, might want to come up with a new medaphor
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I take some ingredients and boil them in water. After boiling, put the "beer" (don't even bother with the word wort) into a bucket and add some yeast. Put it in a keg after it is done.

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"Making beer is like making tea, just with crushed grain instead of apple juice and pop tarts."
"Wha...? I, uh..."
"Not dumbed down enough for ya? Okay, well, it's like making coffee, except with hops and yeast instead of bananas and toast."
"You... lost me."
"I can't really dumb it down anymore than that."

At least their eyes won't glaze over. Haha.

As to the question, I've had people ask me before and I always gauge their interest in beer in general and start out explaining with it dumbed down and add or remove detail depending on their response.

Of course, I used to explain to people how beer was made even before I had ever made beer before. Heh.

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Der....brain fart....fixed! I mean...I have no idea what you are talking about. Stop misquoting!

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