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scoundrel 12-09-2012 03:50 AM

Are you the Black Sheep of your neighborhood?
I just came to the conclusion that I am. I bought my home during the housing boom. These days, I couldn't buy my house if I was a first time home buyer. I have some cool neighbors a few blocks away, but some neighbors that have lived here for some time, look down on my brewing hobby. Many of the husbands won't stop by since their wives don't approve. The good news is that it is not a deterrent. My wife supports me and frankly I don't care what they think. However, I am curious to find out if anyone else is in the same boat.

iambeer 12-09-2012 03:55 AM

If I cared about semi-strangers more in this world or even on my street I would only approach them as creatures full of fears and hang ups. I don't take anything personally and therefore I'm not the outsider black sheep. I think they're all heathen black sheep and I'm more like a minority white sheep with a penchant for lamb. ... so yeah sure I feel the same way as you.

MalFet 12-09-2012 04:00 AM


Originally Posted by iambeer (Post 4664305)
I'm more like a minority white sheep with a penchant for lamb. ...


iambeer 12-09-2012 04:03 AM


Originally Posted by MalFet (Post 4664322)

I think I accidentally copied and pasted a paragraph from the Se7en diaries... such is life...

scoundrel 12-09-2012 04:46 AM

I don't take things personally either. It's just funny since alot of the neighbors that "shun me" are always at the neighborhood happy hours and are have a liking for the beer and wine served (and the apple pie shooters I bring). I think their afraid their husbands will have a 4 tap fridge in the garage. It's kinda weird. I mean its not 1933.

jsguitar 12-09-2012 04:54 AM

Do you think your name might have something to do with it?


Airborneguy 12-09-2012 05:16 AM

People in my development who have seen me brewing usually think its cool. Two summers ago I had friends over and we brewed and smoked ribs outside. My 80 year old neighbor came out to hang out with us. He's all alone so he kept saying how great of a time he was having hanging out with "the guys" again. I haven't had a single negative remark in regards to my brewing.

45_70sharps 12-09-2012 05:24 AM

All the places around here are five plus acres so we tend to mind our own business.
I don't talk much to most of my neighbors. I work 30 miles away in another county, don't get home till near 6:00, then my attention is on my daughter since I'm a single dad.

The brewing is the last thing that would set me apart since that's not something that people see.
The old cars that come and go might be more noticeable but even that doesn't give them any reason to complain. I've got a three car garage and don't have more than one extra car in the driveway at any one time. Sometimes I've got more, but not that they see.

One house has an older couple that is very friendly. He's come over to help with a car before and come over for a few drinks a couple times. The others I don't really talk to.

Dan 12-09-2012 05:35 AM

My neighborhood is pretty quiet but people are sociable. I was grinding grain one night on my front porch, weighing out hops and putting them into little baggies. My next door neigbor was having one of his normal Friday night get togethers. Apparently one of his wife's friends saw me doing something "irregular" said maybe they should call the cops. My neighbor's wife said "No, lets go ask him"

I explained what I was doing, let them smell the crushed grains and the bags of hops. They think I'm a master brewer now! Ha ha.

My other neighbors don't give two hoots.

mforsman 12-09-2012 06:18 AM

I've had neighbors in my apartment building come by because of the smell to ask what I was making, but i know the neighborhoods you're talking about from where I grew up.

Organize a block party & brew / bbq for it. The husbands won't stop coming back with empty growlers after that :tank:

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