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Old 06-21-2011, 02:43 PM   #1
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Nashville, TN
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So I've been brewing for about 3 years now.

Last month I'm sitting at my kitchen counter, studying a glass of my Oktoberfest with an intensity normally reserved for open heart surgery, taking occasional sips and furrowing my brow. My wife walks in and asks me what's up.

I say, "I can't figure out what the defect is in this beer."

She takes a sip, and shoots me a confused look. "What makes you think there's anything wrong with this beer?"

And that's when it hits me. I ask for it back, smell it, take a few more sips, and suddenly it dawns on me. I have actually brewed an enjoyable beer, to style, without defects.

Then this past weekend I'm in Chicago with my mom and siblings. I pass around a glass of my latest IPA and get generally good reviews. Then it gets to my sister, the die-hard Yuengling drinker. I wait for her to wince, say "not my thing" and pass it on.

Instead, she says, "you know, after you get past that initial harsh bitterness, it actually tastes really good." Then after a few more sips she says, "you know, it's really not that harsh up front after all. This is weird. I hate IPAs." She keeps the glass and I have to pour another.

Before I know it she's asking for the recipe. She doesn't even brew.

So what about everyone else? Let's hear it, HBT. When was the moment when you realized your noob days were long behind and that you had hit the big leagues?

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Old 06-21-2011, 02:47 PM   #2
Feb 2010
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Still waiting for that moment.
It's better to keep your mouth shut and give the impression that you're stupid than to open it and remove all doubt. — Mark Twain

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Old 06-21-2011, 03:10 PM   #3
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Had a homebrew party at the end of May over Memorial Day weekend. I made 4 brews, an IPA, APA, Porter and Weisenbock. They were the best beers I have ever made and they were all partial mash. Everyone said that they would pay for beer that good. It was "proud papa" moment.
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Old 06-21-2011, 03:49 PM   #4
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My uncle Alan who does not drink beer EVER and has very particular tastes had one of my Kölsch beers and said it was one of only two beers he has ever had in his life that does not give him an instant headache. He proceded to drink the whole glass, much to my surprise. It was then that I knew my beer was getting really good.

I wouldn't say I've hit the 'big leagues' yet, but I can say I will be very proud to share my beer in any setting to anyone now.
Two weeks to ferment, two more in the kegs
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Old 06-21-2011, 04:38 PM   #5
Jun 2010
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Not only am I doomed to the little leagues forever, I've also been benched.

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Old 06-21-2011, 04:41 PM   #6
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Mar 2011
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Originally Posted by burglar
Not only am I doomed to the little leagues forever, I've also been benched.
Now that's funny stuff!

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Old 06-21-2011, 04:52 PM   #7
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I've got Triple-A splinters in my ass too.. lol
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Old 06-21-2011, 07:13 PM   #8
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Originally Posted by Celticway View Post
Now that's funny stuff!
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Old 06-22-2011, 05:14 AM   #9
Mar 2010
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A few weeks ago I had the chance to serve some of my beers to a few customers at a food stand that we were serving sandwiches at. Was the first time I was able to get true opinions from non friends and family. We had asked people to write in our guest book or online to give their real opinions on food, beer, everything.

Got some really nice reviews and critiques, but I must say my absolute favorite is the one below. It is probably the best review I could've asked for.

My better half had a bottle of the dark IPA and I tasted it too. I can't usually stand beer at all, but this one was almost drinkable It lacked most of the bitterness that an average beer has, and the taste was quite smooth.
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Old 06-22-2011, 05:29 AM   #10
Jun 2011
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That sounds scarily illegal. I'm no lawyer and God knows your heart was in the right place, but giving away home made beer at a food stand seems like it'd require both a liquor license and whatever license it is that you need in order to set up a for-profit microbrewery.

I could be really wrong, though.

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