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Old 04-13-2013, 11:45 PM   #21
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Right up until the first batch I thought it was a cheap way to get beer. Now I brew beer for reasons similar to people making gourmet dishes at home. That is, it is a tasty product, I enjoy the process, and I enjoy sharing it with others. Beer has the added advantage of alcohol, no argument it has been important to people since they first tried spoiled grape juice.

And after a while you prefer your home cooking.

Hazelnut milk stout? Sounds delicious. I'm gonna try that, along with the other 50 recipes I want to try.

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Old 04-14-2013, 12:04 AM   #22
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I love to cook had visions of going to culinary school..... that didn't happen. I love beer and brewing is just an extension of that love to create

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Old 04-14-2013, 12:09 AM   #23
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I'm a journalist writing an article about the growing trend of home brewing. I'm looking to get a few opinions from people I can quote of why they chose to start brewing beer at home and what they enjoy about it. Any answers would be greatly appreciated!
I like to get very hands on with things I like. I like to tinker with things and brewing is one form of this. It also gives me a creative outlet.
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Old 04-14-2013, 12:14 AM   #24
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I brew because I enjoy it. Its part art, part science, and something hand made by me. I never did it to save money, but to have good beer. Our forefathers home brewed so I find it awesome so many people continue that tradition
I second this, my sentiments exactly.
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Old 04-14-2013, 12:21 AM   #25
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Beer Faeries. You don’t mess with faeries.

Much easier to placate ‘em.

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Old 04-14-2013, 12:35 AM   #26
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Brewing at home gives me a way to tap into the science and math side of my brain that I really enjoy exercising. I can start with simple calculations of water-to-grain ratios for my mash, or I can dive all the way into adjusting the chemistry of my water to achieve a particular style. Monitoring temperatures; reading specific gravity; experimenting with different methods of hopping for bitterness, flavor, and aroma; even calibrating and logging my equipment . . . for somebody like me who loves playing scientist, brewing is the perfect hobby. At the same time, I get the satisfaction of crafting and creating something. And in the end, I have more beer than I can give away to my (very appreciative) friends.

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I love to cook and brewing is just an extension of that. After you learn the basics, then you can make a recipe that you like. I like the creative part of brewing and just knowing that you made a good recipe and the finished product tastes great is very rewarding. Ther is great satisfaction of serving one of your brews to friends and they really enjoy it.

I just had a couple of friends over today. I knew what she liked and gave her a brew that I thought she would like and she loved it. I gave him a much different brew because I knew what beers he likes and he was so complimentary of the brew I chose for him.

Making a good brew is so much fun and having your friends enjoy them is the frosting on the cake.

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Hi cormac- journalism is difficult, good luck and keep plugging.

There are many articles how to homebrew, I do not recall any about why people do it. It might be interesting. Please post if and where it is published.

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I needed a hobby to combat my horrible job situation and had a interest in craft beer. My wife jokingly said you should brew your own beer. I was off work one day, visitied the local homebrew store, and ended up with a starter equipment kit and Brewers Best ingredient kit. My wife came home from work to find the living room full of my "hobby" and Its been an obscession ever since.

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Cuz its fun to learn a process and then try to control, manipulate and influence everything involved and make something better every time u do it.

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