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Old 08-12-2010, 01:01 AM   #1
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I mean really, great beer even when you screw up, cheap as hell, and fun to make and you can get really creative and make your own from scratch.

Why is everyone not doing this? Not only is everyone not doing this, but I've actually got sort of hostile responses from people when I tell them I make my own. I think its the coolest thing on the planet... I have three hobbies, shooting, brewing and woodworking, and I have to say, this one is my favorite.

 
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Old 08-12-2010, 01:15 AM   #2
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I agree, brewing is awesome! But I could ask "Why is everyone not doing this?" about all of my hobbies.

I make my own cheese and yogurt. I make my own soap. My soap is terrific, and it costs pennies per bar. My yogurt was cheap, too. My chevre is about 1/4 the cost of the store bought. My wines are even cheaper- since the fruit is free.

Many hobbies are fun, but don't produce anything. Like golf, for instance. But brewing is a hobby that is not only fun to do but has a great end result- BEER! I guess some people just don't think of it the same way.
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Old 08-12-2010, 01:23 AM   #3
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I agree, brewing kicks arse.

How hard is it to make yogurt?
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Old 08-12-2010, 01:34 AM   #4
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Like golf, for instance.
When I try to convince people to brew, I always point out how favorably it compares to golf. Cheaper, doesn't require an entire day away from the family, less frustrating. . .

 
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I agree, brewing kicks arse.

How hard is it to make yogurt?
Yogurt is simple. You get fresh milk (not ultra pasteurized- I use fresh goat's milk that I pasteurize at 180 for 30 minutes, and then reduce the temp to 112 quickly) and add a couple of tablespoons of yogurt, or 1/4 teaspoon of yogurt culture. Keep at 112 degrees for 6-12 hours. Stir and refrigerate. That's it! The trick, though, is getting fresh milk. The chevre is even easier in some ways.
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Old 08-12-2010, 01:41 AM   #6
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I think it is because people in general are lazy, uncreative, and completely dependent on pre-packaged goods, many homebrewers are also hunters, gardeners, fishermen, craftsmen, etc.. working with our hands is a joy, to be able to create a great beer, or harvest our own food is not something that everyone wants to do, some of my friends love my beer but would rather go buy beer than spend the time to make it themselves.
We are just a different brand of human.
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Old 08-12-2010, 01:56 AM   #7
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it doesn't mean enough to most people. they are content with drinking bud and making your own is a lot of work. it amazes me when sitting at a bar with a great variety of beers (even at a brewery) and people order bud light or miller lite. These guys probably own 80% of the market so the majority of people don't care much and will never go to the trouble of making their own.
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Old 08-12-2010, 02:16 AM   #8
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I think it is because people in general are lazy, uncreative, and completely dependent on pre-packaged goods, many homebrewers are also hunters, gardeners, fishermen, craftsmen, etc.. working with our hands is a joy, to be able to create a great beer, or harvest our own food is not something that everyone wants to do, some of my friends love my beer but would rather go buy beer than spend the time to make it themselves.
We are just a different brand of human.
Yes the ones that will survive when the **** hits the fan! I agree completely, the ones that may bash or question the idea of it usually dont create or do a whole lot at all, generally speaking.

The process is just as much if not more fun for me than enjoying the end result.
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Old 08-12-2010, 02:26 AM   #9
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Why is everyone not doing this?
Well, when it comes to beer there are consumers and producers. Just about everybody is a consumer but only a few are producers. azscoob is right. Most people just aren't interested in spending the time and effort.

 
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Old 08-12-2010, 02:45 AM   #10
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Why is everyone not doing this?.
Brand new here, and i'm starting to ask the same question, as well as what took me so long to start. This is a great hobby and i'm loving every minute of it, and this place has so much info available, it's awesome!

 
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