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Old 01-05-2008, 07:08 PM   #1
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Default Brewers tend to be cooks

I've noticed, as I grow like a mold in this place, that quite a few of you.....OK, mainly EdWort , tend to enjoy cooking. I, for one, was, in a previous decade, a classically trained chef. Still love to cook, LOVE to BBQ, just hate doing it as a jawb...
The same things that I enjoy about cooking draw me to brewing. One of the things that helped move me lightyears down the track was learning what the various things in a brew contribute. Not following someone else's recipe, knowing how to come up with your own.

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Old 01-05-2008, 07:11 PM   #2
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Confirmed.

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Old 01-05-2008, 07:34 PM   #3
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Oh, I agree. I LOVE to cook. I am very creative in the kitchen and make many different dishes and love to experiment with ethnic cooking.

I like to cook when I feel like it though- I couldn't do it for a living. Or even for my poor family. I have to feel inspired by something. I brew the same way- I brew what I want when I feel the inspiration. Today, I walked through the kitchen and my husband mentioned some sour cherries he picked last summer. So, I made cherry wine today. That makes it so fun!

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Old 01-05-2008, 07:42 PM   #4
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I also am a classically trained Chef, who has gotten sick of cooking as a career. I do enjoy the food business, and have started parlaying my restaurant knowledge into more of an office job. Brewing for me, is a sort of extension of cooking, that is heavier on the science side than general cooking skills. More closely related to baking I'd say. Hard to fix something while you're making it, you have to sort of know what it will turn out like before you throw it in the oven.

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^^^^VERY true!

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Old 01-05-2008, 07:46 PM   #6
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Not me. I can barely make toast.

I have never been able to cook anything very well, even barbeque. I can cook a burger or a steak, but that's about it.

I've always brewing to be 'cooking for guys', (at least in my case). I jump at the opportunity to brew, and can barely wait between sessions, but I have no skill or interest in cooking food.

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Old 01-05-2008, 07:54 PM   #7
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Funny, SWMBO and I have the pretty classic "she's right-brained, he's left-brained" relationship, but the roles are definitely reversed in the kitchen. She absolutely HAS to follow a recipe, while I tend to be more creative and rarely read cookbooks. I really enjoy cooking - anything from simple things like scrambled egg breakfasts to complex dishes with French sauces and advanced techniques. It seems to me that brewing is just an extension of that.

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checking in. bona fide cook here! not by trade but for sure by passion.

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Cook everynight and weekend. It is my second favorite hobby.

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Old 01-05-2008, 08:18 PM   #10
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My SWMBO can cook better than I can, just not outside. I'm fortunate to have her. She is one of two woman I've ever dated that can cook better than me (that's why I'm on a diet).

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