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Old 12-14-2011, 11:05 PM   #1
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Default It's called homebrew not freebrew!

I got a text from a family member who's been wanting some of my beer. It said something along the lines of, "so, if I brought you 12 pack of empty bottles. Would I get them back full of home brew?"

He's been wanting to buy it (can't), have me deliver it (without offering any tacos), and now just going for the handouts (and not just a couple; he's shootin' for 25%!!!!). I appreciate that he's a fan, but the man needs to understand that I brew for the fun of brewing, drinking something special, a bit of braggery, and the fellowship of tipping a couple back with a bud or two. But I'm not looking to start passing it out like the clerk at the packaged goods store.
The kicker is that he's family so I still got'ta be tactical about turning his offer of filling bottles for him down. Otherwise I will catch hell from others about being stingy or something (damn right I'm stingy!)

I know some of you have dealt with similar stories.

I figure I may have this guy come over on a brew day so he can see what goes into it. But he still isn't getting 25% without bringing over at least a burrito!

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Old 12-14-2011, 11:07 PM   #2
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I don't think I've ever had this problem. I send a 12 pack to my grandparents every now and then, but I brew so much that's hardly ever enough to miss. And I can't really say it's an unfair trade, they live 15 minutes from my apartment and feed me great home cooked meals all the time instead of me relying on my own will to cook.

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Old 12-14-2011, 11:09 PM   #3
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If I hoarded my brew it would never get drunk.

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Old 12-14-2011, 11:11 PM   #4
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Tell him to go to the LHBS and pick up his favorite recipe along with a couple cases of bottles....bring them over with at least a 6 pack to drink while your brewing....and teach him how!! He can come back over to help you sanitize and bottle!!

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Sounds like the guy has tried to buy it from you but you refused that, so what other options does he have?

I have been having a similar issue. I have a brewbuddy that sometimes comes over to brew on my equipment since he can only do extracts. I don't mind because we usually experiment and it's always fun to have someone else brew.

But he always seems to show up late after I have done all of the heavy lifting to get the gear setup, then leaves after the boil before I clean everything up. So basically, we split the cost and the beer, and I get to do the cleanup and setup by myself.

To that, I say BS. I will brew alone from now.

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Old 12-14-2011, 11:17 PM   #6
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As someone building a pipeline, I understand why you get a little stingy. But helibrewer has the right idea. Have him come over for a brew day, and actually contribute ingredients and labor. In exchange, he gets his share of the beer from that brew day.

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Old 12-14-2011, 11:19 PM   #7
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Sounds like the guy has tried to buy it from you but you refused that, so what other options does he have?
Same thing people do when folks get their beer at the store. Hang out with them and drink it - supply tacos if they're supplying beer.
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As someone building a pipeline, I understand why you get a little stingy. But helibrewer has the right idea. Have him come over for a brew day, and actually contribute ingredients and labor. In exchange, he gets his share of the beer from that brew day.

This. Even if he doesn't help brew and bottle, have him pay for the whole batch. Then he gets the whole batch.

Oh, and he brings a burrito, too.
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I have to say that I admire your insistence on payment in Mexican food.

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I just gave my neighbors an 18 pk of pumpkin ale since they supplied one of the pumpkins used, so a burrito is a damn fair price for a 12 pk of tasty homebrew, if ya ask me.
Sharing's nice, and I'm always one to hand out my brews freely, but it's also nice to know your friends/family appreciate the effort put into brewing good beer.
That said, I know quite a few people that are getting homebrew in their stocking this year.

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