Oh man, I didn't know anyone else still had those aluminum-cased hand drills any more. My old man has several and they all have taped-up power cords like yours.
Regarding the folks and homebrewing, neither are really that interested. Both prefer mild macros like Heineken and Corona, but they'll try the things I make and some of the "out there" imports and micros I buy. They'll politely say "Oh, that's good," but I know they don't like the stuff I make.