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Old 12-10-2012, 05:50 AM   #41
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I live in Utah in a predominantly Mormon neighborhood... Need I say more?

In all seriousness though, no one seems to care. I don't know many of my neighbors, but offering beer to teetotalers isn't likely going to help with that.


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Old 12-10-2012, 06:37 AM   #42
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I live in an area of town that is unofficially called "Little Mexico". I can't even talk to most of my neighbors.


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Old 12-10-2012, 02:46 PM   #43
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Direct next door neighbor will not speak a word to me. He will acnowledge me saying hello, as I do every time I see him. I am nothing if not neighborly, but he will just look up and then go back to what he is doing. Maybe he is just angry that a 32 year old kid moved in next door, or just doesnt like the fact that for the past several years the house has been inhabited by guys in their 20s before I moved in and some of them are still renting from me. Maybe he just doesn't like me. He sure as heck will talk with my parents when they stop by, but will not say a word to me.

As for Black Sheeping because of brewing, I have only done one outdoors brew and that from my rear facing garage so no one would know about it. I wonder how my neighbors would feel about it if they knew. I guess we will see more this spring when people leave their homes to venture outside. I would love to get my neighbors involved, or at least have inquisitive neighbors stop by whilst I am brewing.
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Old 12-10-2012, 06:13 PM   #44
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I've only ever had one neighbor come over while I was brewing. It was a nice day and I was doing it on the back patio as opposed to my normal garage brew. He and his wife were out gardening and when I added the first hops, he came over to take a look. "MMMM, love that smell, when we first got married my wife and I lived down the street from the Budweiser Brewery. I loved it when the added the hops."

Other than that, I've had zero interest from anyone. I suppose I've always been a Black sheep in a way, but not because of my brewing. When my wife and I first moved into the neighborhood 15 years ago, we were really young compared to everyone else. Most of the people on the Block, we were closer to their kids' ages than to the parents. I'm always very helpful and friendly around the neighborhood, but I think there was just that disconnect because of age.

As a reference, I've actually become a little more social with another of our neighbors because his grand kids are the same age as my kids. So, when they are in town, the kids play together a lot.
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Old 12-10-2012, 06:21 PM   #45
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Ive only done one batch at the new place so i don't know how the neighbors will react, but Northern Brewer's Milwaukee store is on the main drag through our little suburb, so I bet most of the neighbors have seen the store and know what it's about, and know that homebrewing exists.
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Old 12-10-2012, 07:09 PM   #46
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I suppose I've always been a Black sheep in a way, but not because of my brewing. When my wife and I first moved into the neighborhood 15 years ago, we were really young compared to everyone else. Most of the people on the Block, we were closer to their kids' ages than to the parents. I'm always very helpful and friendly around the neighborhood, but I think there was just that disconnect because of age.
I think you summed up my scenario. I think there is a disconnect. Most of my neighbors are older and at a different stage in their lives. Unfortunately, they're current stage seems to be the "dull stage".

I'm no spring chicken anymore but I refuse to succumb to the forces of daily routine and the notion that now that I'm a middle aged responsible adult (old), I should cut the lawn every Saturday, clean the garage every spring like clockwork or get the Christmas lights up no later than end of Thanksgiving weekend, like the rest of the neighborhood. Screw that, I'm brewing.
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Old 12-10-2012, 08:09 PM   #47
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I have to wheel my rig out into the driveway to brew. For the most part, my neighborhood is very friendly. I have yet to have a complaint, and have actually met other homebrewers in the neighborhood just from having it out there. I tend to kick off the smoker as well when i brew, so that helps. Can end up in an impromptu social gathering.
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Old 12-10-2012, 08:19 PM   #48
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Never had any complaints or dirty looks about brewing, although I just do 5gal extract boils so here is no elaborate/chemistry set looking apparatus.

That said, I do have one neighbor at the far end of the next block that doesn't have much appreciation when I crank up just short of 9,000 watts of music through some old JBL pro audio speakers and subs I have in the garage.
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Old 12-10-2012, 08:24 PM   #49
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We have a facebook page for the homebrewers in my neighborhood.
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Old 12-10-2012, 09:55 PM   #50
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I've gotten nothing- positive or negative- from our neighbors. I brew in the driveway but usually have my truck parked between me and the street. I need the tailgate as part of my brewstand. Like many of you seem to be, we're in a different 'age bracket' than our neighbors. Kyle


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