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Old 08-03-2010, 08:43 PM   #11
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Everyone likes my beer but me.



EDIT: of course they could be jivin' me
I'm in the same boat with you.

The only person that I know that appreciates beer the same way that I do is my fiance, and she isn't going to tell me that something is bad. I wish that I had a way of knowing if my beers taste good to someone else, or if they're flawed like I think that they are.
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Old 08-03-2010, 08:46 PM   #12
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I'm not worried about getting honest feedback from my friends, many of whom are homebrewers.

One guy in particular (username = Boston) has been know to dump a beer out right in front of you if he doesn't like it.

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Old 08-03-2010, 09:06 PM   #13
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Dumping beer = punch in face. Even if it tastes like excrement from a horse (add in secondary).

More importantly, how do we somehow fool ourselves into not knowing whether a beer is yours or not? I still feel like I could tell a beer was mine just from knowing what I have laying around to drink, even if I hadn't had a taste yet.

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Old 08-03-2010, 09:11 PM   #14
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Dumping beer = punch in face. Even if it tastes like excrement from a horse (add in secondary).
Not in my world, man. If a beer tastes like ****, I won't drink it. Simple as that.

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More importantly, how do we somehow fool ourselves into not knowing whether a beer is yours or not? I still feel like I could tell a beer was mine just from knowing what I have laying around to drink, even if I hadn't had a taste yet.
I don't know.... maybe get together with a bunch of your brewing buddies, all bring beer, and then have a blind tasting of everything with some commercial beers tossed into the mix?

Have one person dedicated to pouring the samples in another room and then bringing them into the rest of the people?

That's basically how it happened to me. Someone else poured me a beer and brought it to me and I had no idea what it was. The low light in the garage made the beer look darker than usual, so I already had subconsciously decided that it wasn't one of mine when it was given to me.
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Old 08-03-2010, 09:16 PM   #15
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You know, I hear you as well....I'm my own worst critic. I made an extract porter in February and wasn't really impressed with it...it wasn't *bad*, but it didn't taste all that great to me. Last week I bought a sixer of Smuttynose Robust Porter and I'm finishing the glass and I come to the realization....hey, this reminds me of MY porter!

With my coconut stout, I was a bit underwhelmed....but a buddy at work loved it.

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Old 08-09-2010, 06:00 PM   #16
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add me to this list. i'm VERY nitpicky on my beers. i have to be careful not to jade someone's opinion before they try a beer with a "now this one has some slight off flavors" or "i like the way this one came out, except for x, y, z..."

but i agree with snowveil, when i try a commercial example of a style i'm trying to nail down, i often think mine tastes as good, sometimes better and tend to find those same little flaws in them, which makes me feel better.

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Old 08-09-2010, 06:37 PM   #17
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I'm not worried about getting honest feedback from my friends, many of whom are homebrewers.

One guy in particular (username = Boston) has been know to dump a beer out right in front of you if he doesn't like it.
That's awesome. I can totally picture Boston doing that.
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But all that 'beating yourself up' probably contributed to your beer being so good. A sports analogy being where you learn more from a loss than from a win. Some teachers I had in school would purposely make assignments to get you 'stuck' and in trying to get 'unstuck' you actually ended up learning more.

So I brew a really ****ty batch every now and then just to keep me from getting too content...yeah, that's the ticket.

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Old 08-09-2010, 07:32 PM   #19
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I'm in the same boat with you.

The only person that I know that appreciates beer the same way that I do is my fiance, and she isn't going to tell me that something is bad. I wish that I had a way of knowing if my beers taste good to someone else, or if they're flawed like I think that they are.
FYI - HBT is having the second annual homebrew competition very soon. I highly recommend that you submit some beer. You will get great feedback on it, and there is always the possibility that I won't win every category...
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Old 08-09-2010, 07:53 PM   #20
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Any of you guys ever try a clone recipe and then do a blind test with the cloned beer?
I think I am going to try this sometime soon. Just so I can try and get a better opinion of my own beer.

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