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Old 03-13-2013, 02:23 PM   #21
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I definitely know my beers can be improved upon, no doubt about that. I am quite critical of my beers while I drink them, usually taking the time to taste it like you would a fine wine. I try to take down notes from first pours, around half a keg left and then when it gets towards the bottom, always looking for ways to improve or tweak the recipe.

That being said though, there has only been one beer I brewed that I didn't like and that was from a misjudgement of fermentation temp. Everything else I would put in at least the "enjoyable" category. Is it the best beer I've ever tasted? No, for sure it's not, but when I compare my beers to what else is out there for purchase, I feel I'm doing a pretty good job of making beer. I'm not trying to say that I am at a commercial level of quality and taste by any means, only that, for brewing at home, with a pretty make shift system, I brew a pretty enjoyable beer. I always look forward to filling a glass up and having a drink.

Now, I'm generally a glass half full kind of guy and well, I really like beer. I understand being critical of your brew, but to honestly not really like it? I just don't see the purpose of brewing. Yeah, I really enjoy the process, I like the fact that I am making a beverage, but if I didn't care for the final product, I'd really have to reconsider spending the time I do brewing.

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Old 03-13-2013, 02:50 PM   #22
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Originally Posted by Clonefan94 View Post
if I didn't care for the final product, I'd really have to reconsider spending the time I do brewing.
It's not that I don't like my beer. As you suggest, I wouldn't brew if I didn't like my product. However, I think it can always be improved and I have always been suspicious of the rave reviews thinking they were just being polite. Apparently the BJCP judges don't agree with me as attested to by my First Round Blue Ribbon for my Scottish Ale a few years ago.

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Old 03-13-2013, 03:05 PM   #23
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I think my beers are really good. During parties most people grab one of mine instead of a commercial, a brewer at NOLA said he really liked my red, and when I compare them to commercial beers I often like mine better.

It seems like I can never be satisfied with it though. I am at first, then the critiquing starts in my mind after a few glasses. I think as someone said, it may very well be palate fatigue.
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Old 03-13-2013, 08:01 PM   #24
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I am my own worst critic, though sometimes I get overly optimistic about the beer. I've won some awards and made some complete flops, the best part is the process and satisfaction that I brewed it.
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Look into my eyes.....You must learn to relax....or never truly enjoy it you will

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