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Old 03-05-2012, 07:05 PM   #1
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Default Homebrew Food Network Show??

My wife has me addicted to cooking competition shows like Chopped, Top Chef and the like. It got me thinking, why couldn't there be a show about Homebrewing like that? It would have to be taped way in advance to allow for fermentation and bottle conditioning but I would still watch it.

Since beer can be considered a food maybe that's something that Food Network should look into. I nominate myself as one of the contestants.


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Old 03-05-2012, 07:07 PM   #2
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There actually was a homebrewing contest show on Discovery iirc about 2 years ago. I started a thread about it. It turned out one of our members knew one of the guys on the show.

It kinda sucked...


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Found my thread on it.
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Old 03-05-2012, 07:10 PM   #4
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That would convince me to upgrade my cable.
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Old 03-05-2012, 07:25 PM   #5
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Unfortunately it doesn't seem like there's any money in the idea. Networks are only interested in shows that get great ratings and judging by Brewmasters (which I really wish had continued) and that History on Tap show (which I can't even find a record of existing beyond Revvy's thread and the site he linked to in it) people just aren't interested in watching shows about craft and home brewing. When the majority drink BMC and are barely even aware that craft breweries exist, it's really hard to get an audience for a TV show.
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On top of that, you can watch cooking shows and even competition shows and think "hey I can make that, or at least try", run out to the store and try the next night for dinner. Doing that with beer is much harder.

Also, I find homebrewers tend to be relaxed in general, which does not make for dramatic TV.

(I hope they make a Homebrew show...I'd watch it)
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Also, I find homebrewers tend to be relaxed in general, which does not make for dramatic TV.
Too true...can you imagine Gordon Ramsay (Hell's Kitchen) in your brewery? Tell that guy to RDWHAHB

Actually, I was showing my 11-year-old cousin all my brewing stuff, and he said, "...so, is this legal? Are you gonna be on that show Moonshiners?" I just about died laughing.
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I'm surprised no one's tried it with the Iron Brewer competition.

But the biggest trouble is that as opposed to cooking contests there's no instant gratification in the sense that beers take a long time to compete, as opposed to a dish. You'd have to do the show shot over a long period of time to give each beer a chance to ferment and carb, and be judged. You wouldn't be able to resolve it in one day like shows like chopped or food network challenge. Even a show like masterchef where you have folks eliminated each week would be a challenge to produce.

Plus the act of beer brewing isn't all that excited to watch. Heat water, mash, wait an hour, heat more water, sparge (which could take an hour) boil for an hour, chill.... Just not all that compelling to watch.
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Yeah plus on a cooking show you can actually prepare a meal in, say, 30 minutes or an hour or whatever. Even the ones where they are doing those complicated sugar sculptures they finish in a day. Whereas with homebrew it takes multiple "sessions" and with fermentation and carbonation you are looking at a few weeks or more.

Also, watching someone brew a beer is not terribly interesting. It mostly involves waiting.


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