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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, 11:39 PM   #21
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I started when I was 18...34 now....The legal drinking age is 19 in Ontario.
My grandparents on both sides were bootleggers (from their farms) so it seemed like a nice tradtion to uphold.
I did it mainly because I thought it would be fun and always liked to learn how to do things on my own. I also liked the idea of saving $...but that now is a distant memory as quality and experimentation are my main goals.

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Old 10-04-2006, 12:58 AM   #22
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Where is the option to choose 'because my daddy brewed and his daddy brewed and his daddy was a bootlegger and his daddy....'

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Old 10-04-2006, 01:07 AM   #23
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I'm not the only one that recieved a kit from ones SWMBO as a gift!! Have been interested in baking breads for quite awhile, and since one of her relitives is homebrewing, seemed to be a good extention in handling yeast. 20+ batches later, I'm hooked!!!

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Old 10-04-2006, 01:18 AM   #24
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I blame that prick Charlie Papazian!

When I was a young, impressionable teen, I saw a multi-part series on TV Ontario (like PBS) by Charlie Papazian on brewing your own beer (this was back in 1989-1990.) After watching this, and drinking lots of beer myself, I decided I had to try it out. Some friends and I bought a cheap kit, and some garbage pails. There was no boiling and you just added sugar and water to the garbage pail.

The beer sucked, but I was happy with it and proud I had made it. Luckily I taped Charlie's show and went on to brew some great beer on my very next batch! The rest, as they say, is history!

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Old 10-04-2006, 01:51 AM   #25
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I think that Alton Brown show is what got me started.After watching the show I got a kit as a Christmas gift. About 6-700 dollars later I'm making beer about every 3 weeks.
As a side note it seems that good commercial beer has really jumped in price the last 6 months. That makes homebrewing that much more satisfying.

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Old 10-04-2006, 02:09 AM   #26
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I got an old copy of Charlie P's book from my in-laws when they noticed that my average beer consumption was a bit greater than average...can't complain a bit about the in-laws. I'm a big fan of Alton Brown's show and saw the episode. After I got back from my next business trip (for which I was well reimbursed), I bought a starter kit + a few extras and never looked back.

I'm completely fascinated by brewing science/techniques/art, and I'm usually quite pleased with my results. I wish I could say that I brew beer cheaper than I could buy it, but I don't think I've quite overcome the overhead of equipment cost. I just paid WAY more than I want to admit for AG equipment, but SWMBO is subscribing to this bit of math (for now) - I used to pay $40-$50 per 5 gallon extract batch. I just spent $75 for enough grain and hops to brew two 15 gallon batches, taking my ingredient cost per 12 oz bottle to under 25 cents.

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Old 10-04-2006, 02:28 AM   #27
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I happend to go to a yard sale last fall and the was a Brewers Best starter kit complete minus ingredients for $5. It seemed like an interesting idea so I bought it and here I am waiting to do another batch.

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Old 10-04-2006, 02:32 AM   #28
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The idea of brewing my own beer has fascinated me for a long time. Stumbling across this forum was what really spurred me into action. I can't remember what I was googling for when I found this place, but it probably had something to do with bleach.

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Old 10-04-2006, 10:34 AM   #29
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I voted all of the above.

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Old 10-04-2006, 01:23 PM   #30
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I can't remember what I was googling for when I found this place, but it probably had something to do with bleach.
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