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Old 10-11-2010, 10:29 PM   #1
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Default I know I have whined about this before ..BUT

I am sick of being asked for beer or wine or whatever it is I have made recently. I swear it is an every day 2-3 times a day thing anymore... phone calls...dropping by...text messages...pM's....Facebook..... Just happened again. I told my wife it is so aggrivating that I should just quit brewing... I also just had someone ask me to brew them a batch of beer and they would pay me.. when I explained that at minimum wage just my labor on brew day alone would be into 40 some bucks not to mention ingredients and bottles etc etc....I swear I am sick of people acting like it is free alcohol for them and their friends to suck down. Why can't people understand that by asking constantly they are taking a lot of the fun of the hobby away from me. IF I want you to have some I will OFFER IT TO YOU!! Add to that the fact that I am starting to NOT get my bottles back and I am close to just shutting the flow off to EVERYBODY! ok I am better now...carry on

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I started brewing 69 days ago, 35 gal so far. SWMBO hasnt complained yet! Better than the hookers, gambling, and crack I used to do, I guess.
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Old 10-11-2010, 10:34 PM   #2
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Maybe you're too nice.

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Old 10-11-2010, 10:36 PM   #3
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Maybe you should post on FB that you are leaving brewing for a while and post reasons why...

"Dear friends, I am ceasing my brewing operations for a bit. And here's why:
1. Brewing is expensive, every one wants to drink up but no one wants to ante up to help with ingredients.
2. My bottles that I work so hard to get and keep clean are not coming back to me. This is also another expense.
3. The 2 abovementioned reasons have started taking the fun out of it.
Maybe I'll return to brewing again someday but for now, I'm done.
Thanks, OhioSteve"

Or something like that. I am quite sure once everyone knows you are no longer brewing they will stop asking for freebies.

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Old 10-11-2010, 10:38 PM   #4
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I would tend to agree. While one of my favorite parts of brewing is sharing with friends, I really need to do it on my own terms. I kept the fact that I brew a secret at work for the first couple of years. Then, during a passionate discussion about Munich beer with one of my coworkers, I brought up the fact that I brew and the rest is history. I constantly have people coming by my cube asking "what's on tap" and "could you make me a batch and bottle it." WHile I really appreciate the enthusiasm and encouragement, most people just don't know how much time and work it takes. You mean will I take a Saturday to brew you a batch while you go to the beach or the movies or whatever? F--k no I won't. Ass!

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Old 10-11-2010, 10:41 PM   #5
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Tell them to buy it and help out on brew day, if they take the bait then what have you lost? Tell them you want a few out of the batch so that you can know what it was you brewed up exactly. They may end up in the hobby themselves this way...

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Old 10-11-2010, 10:44 PM   #6
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Maybe you're too nice.

have you tried just saying no?


edit: or.. just telling them what you said in your original post.. abbreviated of course... maybe they think you enjoy making beer/wine/etc. for them. Or at the very least, maybe they dont know it irritates you so much. I also like Grants idea.
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Old 10-11-2010, 10:46 PM   #7
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Grant's idea is a good one.

Cut 'em off unless they go with you to LHBS where they buy the ingredients, then follow you home to do all the hard work while you supervise (read: "drink homebrew").

Otherwise you'll just have to cut 'em off. I would.

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Old 10-11-2010, 10:46 PM   #8
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Tell them to buy it and help out on brew day, if they take the bait then what have you lost? Tell them you want a few out of the batch so that you can know what it was you brewed up exactly. They may end up in the hobby themselves this way...
Bottled a batch today with my son.. he helped on brew day ( I call him my brew bitch lol) and came out today and helped bottle..... he gets half the batch. I swear I have zero issue with sharing but damn it is like a mad rush at a walmart sale.
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Maybe you're too nice.
Agreed. I'm an asshole, so my friends know that if they get to have any of my homebrew; it's on my terms, not theirs.
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Old 10-11-2010, 10:49 PM   #10
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maybe switch to kegging? It'll keep the beer consumption social - if you want beer, you need to come here and hang out for a while, as opposed to 'take out'

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