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Old 02-05-2010, 06:49 PM   #1
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Default Why did you start brewing?

Just curious why everyone out there started with brewing.

I got hooked about a year ago when some friends brewed an extract oatmeal stout. We drank it while it was stil green and thought that we wouldnt be brewing again, then a few months later found a few bottles in the back of a closet and it was heavenly...
Anyways, after that, we started brewing more, and I built up my equipment and have done a few solo batches now.
While I was deployed with the Marines, we tried making pruno a few times, the taste was too bad to even try getting drunk, so out that went.

Looking forward to hearing your stories

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Old 02-05-2010, 06:51 PM   #2
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I moved from a place with good beer selection to a place with crappy selection and now I make my own.

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Old 02-05-2010, 06:55 PM   #3
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I originally started brewing for a similar reason as humann. It was just easier for me to get good beer by making it myself. I would also say it's been cheaper than good craft beer at the store, but after a kegerator, brew stand equipment, stirplate, and the list goes on, SWMBO would disagree. Anyways, I now brew because I love not only the finished product, but I genuinely love everything about the process.

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Old 02-05-2010, 06:58 PM   #4
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I had some friends that brewed in college and that got me interested. My fiancee (now wife) got me an equipment kit for my birthday right before I graduated and I haven't looked back.

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Old 02-05-2010, 06:59 PM   #5
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I started because i took a tour of the Stone Brewery and the tour cuide basically told me how easy it is to brew beer. So I went home and looked up how to brew beer and found lots of stuff to help me. I'm a "do it yourself-er," so I thought of it as a challange to see how good of beer I can brew and also the cost savings in my head were a little factor.

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Old 02-05-2010, 07:01 PM   #6
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I have used the same 'reasoning' to convince SWMBO that it will be cheaper than the good beer I want to drink. I guess I have kept prices down by building most of my equipment and use cash to keep SWMBO off my back

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Old 02-05-2010, 07:03 PM   #7
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A guy I work with challanged me to a contest. We would make a batch of beer and see who got their clone closer to the beer we had selected.

I worked at Deschutes Brewery for 6 years, and for some reason never got into it then. I was in the kitchen but I hung out with all the brewers.

And I didn't realize how hard that brewing bug was going to bite, but when it did I realized I was hooked. Did 3 batches in the first 8 days and only stopped there as I didn't have space to put anymore fermenters.

I used to have another 'Home Made' type of hobby in the house but it wasn't as legal as Home Brewing but just as fun and rewarding. I missed that and even thought of doing so again only legally this time in Oregon. Would have been a little bit of a hassle but I enjoyed the hobby.

Home Brewing solves all of that for me. It's a great hobby that keeps me around the house and I can tell my mother about my brews! It's working out great for me!

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Old 02-05-2010, 07:03 PM   #8
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My brother in law made some and it was good, as good as the beer I've been paying $7-12 per 6 pack for, so decided to give it a shot myself. So far so good!

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Old 02-05-2010, 07:06 PM   #9
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I did it for the chics...

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Old 02-05-2010, 07:07 PM   #10
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I started because I became an educated drinker, and learned to appreciate the finer qualities of a real beer.

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