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Old 07-22-2011, 04:37 PM   #1
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Not sure if this is a topic or not, but do you feel as though you are your own worst critic.

I have been brewing for almost 6 years. I have focused more time and energy towards this hobby over the last 2 years though. And I constantly feel as though my beer is....ehh (for lack of a better word).

Do any of you guys feel the same, and what is the best way to get some good constructive feedback on your brews?

Do you hand them out to anyone who will drink them?
Other beer lovers (who of course will be more honest).

Just curious what y'alls thoughts are of your own brews?

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Old 07-22-2011, 04:44 PM   #2
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I have always been told when you do something it "is never as good as you thought nor as bad as you thought".

I always ask my brother, who brews as well, to critique to get honest feedback. Then get feedback from other friends who are more knowledgeable about beer as well.

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Old 07-22-2011, 05:22 PM   #3
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Every one of my beers are incredibly awesome to me...

To BJCP judges, not so much.

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Old 07-22-2011, 05:28 PM   #4
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Absolutely! I can pick out every single flaw in my beers and I dwell on it. I give people my beers and say "This is good, except that ...". Most of the people that taste my beers tell me that they are good, even when I know they aren't. There is only one person I can rely on for honest opinions about my beer.

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Old 07-22-2011, 05:30 PM   #5
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I always have a buddy over for a blind taste test of my beer and a commercial beer similar in style. I blind fold him and then poor the beers. He has no clue which one is which and you can get some really great feed back this way.

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Old 07-22-2011, 05:32 PM   #6
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I am definitely my own worst critic. Not too many people actually get to drink my beers. A few of my friends don't really drink and I rarely hang out with people from work. My whole family, and my friends who do drink, think they are the best ever, but most don't know beer.

My best opinions are my father-in-law, and two guys in my homebrew club. My FIL is a wine guy, and has a great palate, so he knows his beer too. He has been totally honest before when experiments went wrong.
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Old 07-22-2011, 05:36 PM   #7
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Old 07-22-2011, 06:06 PM   #8
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Originally Posted by geer537 View Post
I always have a buddy over for a blind taste test of my beer and a commercial beer similar in style. I blind fold him and then poor the beers. He has no clue which one is which and you can get some really great feed back this way.
I might have to give this a try. I have two good friends that I always have over to try my beer. I tell them to give me their honest opinion and it really wont hurt my feelings if they don't like it. For the most part they are always stoked on it and I find it hard to pull any negatives from them. I find it good as well, but can usually find some things that I wish to improve on. I just entered an IPA into my first competition to hopefully get some solid feedback. I think it's one of my better brews so far, I'm curious how it will do!

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Old 07-22-2011, 06:06 PM   #9
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I definitely am! I spilt a wheat beer into two, peach and raspberry and I didn't much care for them. My friends had some a while back, after four months I forgot about them, and loved them. I still don't like them. But unless everyone lies to me, my beer is awesome, but I am always critiquing!

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Old 07-22-2011, 06:30 PM   #10
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Homebrew clubs. Everybody might not be able to give you good constructive criticism, but after going a few times, you figure out who are the ones to ask for an honest opinion. The only negative I've really gotten was about a little hotness in some of my higher alcohol brews, because I didn't use any ferm temp control on them. I think I will make it a point to put most of my beers into a swamp cooler at the start of fermentations from now on.

You can also enter into a competition if you are really looking for criticism
Fermenting/Conditioning: Casc/Cent APA, Hoppy Birthday Amarillo/Simcoe IPA(6g American/5g Belgian), Chappist Belgian Dubbel
Bottled/Kegged: Red Rye IPA, Wesside Trip(Westmalle Tripel clone), ESB, Lil Trap (4% Trappist Starter Batch), Robust (Pumpkin) Porter, 3% Little Hopper, "Slick Rick" Old Engine Oil Clone(oaked w/ vanilla and balvenie scotch), Imperial RyePA,
On Deck: Quad, Belgian IPA, Orfy's Mild, Scotch Ale

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