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Old 04-08-2007, 11:21 PM   #51
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I brew, therefore I am. More specifically, I noticed that I like doing random stuff myself just to get better quality. I stuff my own sausages, I smoke my own meats, I grow as much of my own veggies as I have room for... and after a month long tour of Europe, beer drinking in the US just got lame... that is until I started brewing! So the one word answer would have to be: Quality!

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Old 04-08-2007, 11:59 PM   #52
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Why do I brew?

An interesting question it is...

All the reasons given by others, were very good reasons.
The reasons 'I brew my own' are ...
All the reasons given above, and also basically:
The reason I learned how to cook food.
Control over my own life, to not be a slave!
I remember when I was a kid, I asked Mom how to cook.
She said:
Men don't cook food,
they get married and have their wives cook for them.
Oh Mom, your cooking is so good I want to learn how you do it, I told her.
When actually I wanted to learn how to cook food,
so I didn't end up with a bitch like her,
but if I told her that... she wouldn't show me how to cook.
It was one of my first tactical lies.
But it worked.
I am single and a good cook.
Life is good, now to the subject at hand:

One homebrew of mine costs about .40 cents.
But it is half again as strong as store bought beer, 25 cents ???
I don't have to get in a truck with tags, inspection sticker, insurance, expensive gas and all and drive to the beer store, dodging cops,
idiots and accidents all the way there and all the way back.
In order to pay a dollar + tax, for a beer.
I just walk in to my brewery, {the former pantry,}
and 'select' or just, 'get me' an ale.
I have 200 full, green glass bottles on the shelves.
7Lb Hammerbier, 8 Lb Hammerbier.
Different batches different flavors and amounts of alcohol.
I gives me control over my life.
It gives me Power!!!

A friend of a friend was over bumming my homebrew.
'Mikey' was lots younger than me and hadhad a severe head injury too.
I was trying to inspire him and show him the value of brewing your own buzzzz...
I took him into my brewery, {the former pantry}
We looked up at the shelves filled with rows and rows of full,
clean, green glass bottles with my special brews in them.
A beautiful and inspiring sight it was.
{And thats why I bottle rather than keg ya'll}

I told Mikey about the wino who came up to two friends as they were opening the door to a rooming house, 'room', they had rented just to have a place to smoke pot in back in the 60's. Here the old wino came with his broom as he helped out around the old house to help with his rent.
James was saying hurry, hurry open the door, while Steve was fumbling with the keys. The wino came up to them and opened his mouth and with his scratchy old wino voice said:
"Cherish your youth boys, cherish your youth."
Whereupon the old wino started coughing and hacking and grabbing at his chest. He wheezed and hacked and staggered around and collapsed in the hall as Steve got the old door open,
and they went in and locked the door.
The wino was gone when they came out.
I have always remembered the old wino's admonition.
And said you can learn something from anybody.

Then I was telling Mikey about 'wealth'.
Some men view 'wealth' as owning lots of stuff.
Two or three beautiful women with the biggest tits.
The fastest car and the biggest house.
Others view wealth as land.
Thousands of acres of grassland, mountains and lakes,
owning a ranch is owning a piece of the earth,
a place to spend your life improving,
to plant grasses and trees, heal gullys and erosion,
build fences, to make it more fertile and raise animals.
To leave it better than it was when you found it.
Its your land and "land is the only thing that lasts".

But Mikey, the poor old wino would go for a bottle of wine.
That was wealth to him.
All that property and those women are just a big hassle.
I looked up at my shelves filled with the aforedescribed rows and rows of clean, green glass bottles, filled with my special precious homebrew.
I took a deep breath and held up my hands.

Mikey dude, this...

This is wealth.

J. Winters Knife
' Sandymay got two coon last night ya'll '
' Thats wealth too '
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Old 04-12-2007, 12:31 AM   #53
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i cook for a living...love it or i wouldn't do it
so, i'm already accustomed to standing over boiling hot pots

my other hobby is recording live music...no, not bootlegging. that's illegal because you sell it. the bands i record allow you to tape the show and i give my music away and trade it freely.

so, along w/ listening to some of my music i recorded...what could be better than to have a beer you brewed yourself and relive a concert experience...in the comfort of my living room.

that and my beer stores locally don't carry real beer, just mass produced swill.

now if i could only drink homebrew when out at the bars/clubs

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Old 04-12-2007, 05:19 AM   #54
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I started out because I always like quality beer and was very interested in the process pretty much like everyone else on here. I also like to cook and essentually you are cooking beer. Cost was never a factor because I always looked at it as a hobby rather than a way of saving money. That brings up another point I have always thought about homebrewing is how cheap of a hobby it is. True even with a simple setup like mine it will take at least a few years before you save enough to recoup your equiptment costs, but still when you think of it as paying for your hobby and paying for beer it seems really cheap. Plus you're producing great beer for about half the price of BMC, can't beat that.

Ahh yes and the number one reason is the feeling when I open up a bottle and it tastes great. That is a wonderful sense of accomplishment. When others compliment your beer it is even better. I have had only one bad batch out of about 15 or so, so I guess that isn't too bad.

In closing I just have to say homebrewing is the greatest thing in the world. Fun to make and great to drink doesn't get any better than that.

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Old 04-12-2007, 07:56 PM   #55
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'Cause psylicybin ('no spelling suggestions') and THC are illegal (and I'm a lot older, now).

Oh yeah, 'cause I like beer alot, too.
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Old 04-12-2007, 09:39 PM   #56
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Because I hate crap beer, I hate expensive beer and because I can!
Have a beer on me.

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Old 04-12-2007, 10:07 PM   #57
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I brew because 20,000 years ago, mankind learned that mead is good, beer is good, and wine is good. We learned that these things nourish not only our body, but also our souls. Who gains vision and enlightenment by eating bread and herbs? But boil those same ingredients, be just patient enough... and you will have a truly spiritual experience.

I brew because civilization was born, and is kept alive, over a couple of cups of brew.
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Old 04-12-2007, 10:16 PM   #58
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I brew because years ago I found I could do damn near anything better and cheaper than someone else who is doing it commercially. Sure, there's a learning curve and it's steeper in some endevours than others, but in the end I've been highly successful. So next week I start dentistry or surgery for my family, depending on immediate need.

Seriously though, someone posted on here that homebrewers tend to be real do-it-yourself kind of people and I think that this is very true for a great number of us and it's manifesting itself here.
If you can't fix it with a hammer, you've got an electrical problem.

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Old 04-13-2007, 02:40 AM   #59
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I brew because to sit down with a brew that YOU created, pulled from a tap of a kegerator that YOU built, is just completely satisfying in some way. How do my beers compare to commercial? Hmmmm.......Some of my beers, namely the ones that I was brave enough to post recipes for, can stand up against anything commercial. I have had people tell me that they are the best they've ever had and would I please make more they'd even pay me. I've also made beers that were real stinkers. It's a lot of experimentation, and sometimes the experiments don't always pan out, but they usually do.
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Old 04-13-2007, 05:23 AM   #60
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...Because I love the process. But mostly I brew to share with friends and family......so they'll stay away from my first-growth Bordeaux's! Seriously though, I really enjoy all aspects, the abilty to experiment and create something orginal and one of a kind in any mdeium is usually rewarding. I like the history behind beer and brewing too.
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