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View Poll Results: Why did you start Home Brewing?
To save money 14 11.67%
Access varieties you can't obtain locally 22 18.33%
You were fascinated by the hobby/ It seemed fun 91 75.83%
The pride of making your own brew 62 51.67%
To obtain a fresher/more natural product 21 17.50%
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Old 10-03-2006, 08:48 PM   #1
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If you guys can remember; what was it that initially sparked your interest or made you decide to start brewing your own?

For me it was a combination of the following:

1) Inexpensive way of obtaining microbrew quality flavor
2) It seemed really fun and fascinating
3) Once I looked into it, I found it was surprisingly easy to get started doing the basics.

I'm going to try to attach a poll to this post, not sure if it'll work or not as I've never done one before.

If you don't see your option in the poll feel free to post and let us know that way.

ETA: I allowed for choosing more than one response, so try to pick the one or two that most influenced you.

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Old 10-03-2006, 08:49 PM   #2
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Seemed like a better idea than starting a meth lab

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Old 10-03-2006, 08:54 PM   #3
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Easier to make the beer I want to drink than track it down at one of the State Liquor Stores.

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Old 10-03-2006, 08:54 PM   #4
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I've always been fascinated with beer. Ever since I was a kid. I was so proud of being from Wisconsin and all the historic beer.

I had been itching to brew my own for years, and I even started subscribing to BYO in the mid 90s. I never got into it until 10 years later.

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Old 10-03-2006, 08:58 PM   #5
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I was getting pretty stressed out, and needed a new hobby, something to take my mind off work (which it probably does too well).

Subconsiously, I think the fact SWMBO used to be in a relationship with a guy who was a homebrewer and, by all accounts, hung like a horse, probably had something to do with it...

It's also an extension of the cooking that I get into, and I enjoy making gadgets and stuff (not that I knew the extent of that at the time). Basically, it was just something that seemed cool to do, it wasn't to get cheap beer.

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Old 10-03-2006, 09:01 PM   #6
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In addition to all of the above, it was a hobby that the SWMBO suggested. Lord knows I can't say no to her.

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I needed a hobby that involved making something and had a DIY element to it and I love beer so, it seemed pretty obvious to me once I did some research and saw that the basic process was pretty simple. I also love to cook and brewing is a lot like cooking in a lot of ways, plus the cleaning aspect appeals to my meticulous nature. All in all, it's been a great fit for me so far.

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I was poor and couldn't buy the beers I wanted. There were no micros yet and so lots of the beer you would buy was nasty and old. And once I made my first batch I was hooked - bad.

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Inexpensive? Did I miss out on the free equipment and ingredients?

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Ah come on In the big scheme of things, to get into extract brewing it's relatively cheap. Us Canadians have it notoriously bad in terms of liquor taxes, but I'm sure most Americans will be able to pay for the cost of equipment and ingredients within the first couple batches at most.

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