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Old 01-22-2010, 01:04 PM   #1
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Default Why do you homebrew? Are people nuts?

I recently had a run-in with a guy who saw me looking at ingredients on a homebrew supplier website.

He said "What, are you trying to learn how to make beer? You must be really bored."

I tried explaining homebrewing to him and he said "Oh you're one of those people."

I went through the list of common answers about how you can make beer cheeper than what it costs to buy it, how you can make rare varieties, etc. He just gave me a funny look. Then I thought about it...I really don't care how much cash it saves me, or that I can make rare beers. I simply like brewing, and I've barely even scratched the surface. So I want to hear from you guys.

Why do you homebrew?
Have you encountered anyone like this before?

To me it seems strange that a person would even question you like that. I mean, a friend that makes beer is a friend that can give you beer.


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Old 01-22-2010, 01:17 PM   #2
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Think of it this way, if you're taking beer to a gathering and he's there, you can bring a 6-pack with five of your beers, and a bud light. Give him the bud, and don't apologize. Cast ye not pearls before swine, and all that.


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Old 01-22-2010, 01:17 PM   #3
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I have a real DIY streak in me. :P

I also plant a big garden and can/freeze most of the vegetables we use throughout the year. Not to mention that I also got a little ticked when the price of a six of craft beer broke the $10 mark around here.
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Old 01-22-2010, 01:17 PM   #4
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I've never encountered a negative reaction. People are mostly fascinated and want to try some. I also keep honeybees and get a similar reaction to that. Most people are fascinated and think it's just a little bit nuts...like homebrewing.

Why do I brew? Like you I just enjoy it. It's satisfying to be able to drink something so enjoyable that I made from a bag of grain. It also gives me great confidence that I can weather the apocalypse
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Well, my first memory of beermaking was my grandfather. He apparantly also influenced my mother and uncle, who influenced myself and my cousins, we've always made beer. My mother and her family were all orginally from Leeds, UK, and my grandfather said he was unable to get the beer here in the states that he liked. I can see that being the case 30-40 years ago, but perhaps not so much today. For me I just grew up in the environment where it was an every other week thing. Plus I think it is really cool, and very rewarding, though probably not on the cheap side.
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Old 01-22-2010, 01:27 PM   #6
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That dude in the store is a dork.

What? You want to learn to cook? Why would you want to learn to cook? That is insane, are you bored?

Yep, you can buy food already prepared too...

Do people actually listen to themselves speak? They must not.

Everyone I have run into, is fascinated with the process and the machinery... which is why I happen to enjoy it.
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I like brewing mostly because the people. I get to brew with my buddies. People like it when I bring them sixers. People are genuinely interested in the process. Meeting other people involved in the hobby. It's been a great experience. I also love the feeling of drinking a delicious brew and thinking "I made that". I can understand now why my dad loves woodworking so much.
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You could compare it to cooking. Sure people have to eat, but there's restaurants, pre-cooked & frozen meals at the store, etc. Why do people spend time cooking? Some spend much more time cooking than others do.

It's enjoyment of the process and the results from it. Some people brew for the same reason.
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That dude in the store is a dork.

What? You want to learn to cook? Why would you want to learn to cook? That is insane, are you bored?

Yep, you can buy food already prepared too...

Do people actually listen to themselves speak? They must not.

Everyone I have run into, is fascinated with the process and the machinery... which is why I happen to enjoy it.
Exactly. There are people who think that anything other than
sitting in an easy chair and pressing the remote is too much of
a hassle. Not only will they not cook their own food, they won't
even get out of the car to go into the fast food restaurant, they
just use the drive through.
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Your only answer should have been: "Yep"


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