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Old 08-29-2012, 12:43 AM   #11
MarkKF
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I had some people over for a BBQ. I had a keg of beer bunch of cans and some wine. I broke out a bottle someone to try and he kept asking for more. I enjoy watching others enjoy my cider almost more than I enjoy it myself. But when I'm running low I hoard the stuff.
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Old 08-29-2012, 12:58 AM   #12
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I'm blessed in that most of my coworkers have a deep respect for my homebrew. I give away 10 bottles per batch, and it's first come, first served.

 
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Old 08-29-2012, 01:20 AM   #13
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I get this a LOT, particularly about my cider. People really don't understand the time and effort it takes to make a great cider. I give them out like water but mostly only to family and close friends.

A lot of my friends that want some of my brew I usually make help me clean bottles or bottle, puts into perspective what we actually do AND I get free labor!

Good luck on the denials!
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Old 08-29-2012, 09:58 PM   #14
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I usually ask what they have to trade. Living where we are it usually is fresh caught fish from the bay, so i am all about it. It has to be a good amount though. Last guy gave me over 2lbs of fresh caught and smoked salmon for a six pack. Totally worth it to me.

Other than that, I usually only give to friends. My wife likes the stuff too much!!

 
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Old 08-29-2012, 10:43 PM   #15
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I guess i'm lucky, my friends and coworkers as well as my wifes always offer up something in trade or slip me something to cover expenses. I've received fresh walleye, smoked venison, rack of ribs etc.... I'm brewing a 1/2 batch of Upstate Mikes caramel apple in exchange for getting my pickup detailed.
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Old 08-30-2012, 05:50 AM   #16
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Now that's a great trade.

 
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Old 08-30-2012, 06:29 AM   #17
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Maybe it's because I'm new to brewing, but anytime someone is excited to drink one of my concoctions, I enjoy sharing. For me it's one of the thrills of brewing, to make something that others want to drink.

Although half a gallon is quite a bit, and I agree it's a good time to teach them how to make their own. Cheers

 
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Old 08-30-2012, 04:12 PM   #18
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Unfortunately I have slowed down on drinking beer because I am doing a low-carb diet, so I have been giving a lot away lately. I don't necessarily brew to get drunk all the time anyway, and if that is what I wanted to do there are much cheaper and easier ways to do it. I definitely reserve enough beer/cider to have to taste and take notes on how it is evolving with time.
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Old 08-30-2012, 04:38 PM   #19
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I am not about giving away bree brew either, I am all about the trade though! If someone is interested in trying my brews I usually ask if they want to trade something for it.

 
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Old 08-31-2012, 11:18 PM   #20
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Guys,
Trading in homebrew is illegal. just because you're not trading it for papers with dead presidents doesn't mean the Feds will let it slide. Keep it quiet.

Reason: poor grammar

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