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Old 06-20-2009, 09:58 AM   #1
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Whenever I mantion to people that I am a homebrewer, they think I get my beer for free? I don't know how many times I've heard comments like, Cool free beer or Wow must be great to get free beer. I mean really, doesn't anyone realize, even if I had all the equipment I wanted, which will probably be never, I still have to pay for my supplies. It's not like I grow my own barely, wheat and hops, let alone grow yeast. Sorry, just had to vent.

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Old 06-20-2009, 11:06 AM   #2
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They're not talking about free beer for YOU, they're talking about free beer for THEM.

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Old 06-20-2009, 11:38 AM   #3
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Everyone expects free beer all the time from me. At least throw me a six pack back of something I like you know?

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Old 06-20-2009, 12:19 PM   #4
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I like when it comes up at a party and people try to invite themselves over for a sampling. I have become quite good at changing the subject. I flow right out of that kind of talk pretty smoothly. You can't go from free beer straight to global warming - it takes more finesse than that.

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Old 06-20-2009, 01:20 PM   #5
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Not only is it not free, but if you consider the time it takes to make it (brew day, bottling/kegging, sanitatizing, etc) the labor makes it quite dear.

An artist can paint a picture for $0.50 worth of waterpaint. Does that mean the finished picture is only worth 50 cents?

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Old 06-20-2009, 01:54 PM   #6
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Not only is it not free, but if you consider the time it takes to make it (brew day, bottling/kegging, sanitatizing, etc) the labor makes it quite dear.
Yep, the beer I drink is VERY EXPENSIVE once I add my time & TLC.
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I like when it comes up at a party and people try to invite themselves over for a sampling. I have become quite good at changing the subject. I flow right out of that kind of talk pretty smoothly. You can't go from free beer straight to global warming - it takes more finesse than that.

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I actually like letting people try my beer. I think that part of the fun is creating something that other people can enjoy too. If they say nice things about my beer, they are likely to get more in the future.
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Old 06-20-2009, 03:07 PM   #8
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The people I run into think I'm nuts for wanting to make beer that tastes like I want it to.

Most often people are just stupefied that anyone would want to, let alone actually go thru with it.

They think beer is what BMC wants it to taste like.

"Why don't you just sell that stainless for scrap and go buy some real beer". I never talk to that kind of person again.

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Old 06-20-2009, 05:44 PM   #9
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It's not like I grow my own barely, wheat and hops, let alone grow yeast.
Growing your own isn't free either, even if you don't wear clothes while doing it.

Restricting my social circle to homebrewers solves many problems.
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Old 06-20-2009, 05:51 PM   #10
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I've come to group folks into two categories.

There's one group that keeps asking for beers every time they find out I brewed a new batch and they don't even bring the empties back. Those ones, I "forget" to bring the beer to.

The other group is, fortunately, larger in my case.

I have some friends at work that love my beer and are happy to get some. But they not only bring back the empties, but they find interesting beers at the stores to give to me.

One of them just took a vacation to the grand canyon, by car. He stopped and bought bottles of local beers the whole way down and back and surprised me with them when he came back to work.

Guys like that get lots of homebrew from me.

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