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Old 11-22-2013, 09:17 PM   #1
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Default When did you consider yourself a homebrewer?

It's official - I have echewed all other hobbies while I pursue homebrewing.

The decision point was six pounds of hops that arrived from hopsdirect.com. It looks massive.

I have over 100 lbs of grain in inventory, and another 150 lbs on the way. The small brew room is crowded with 1,2, ... 18 buckets of varying sizes, including 2x15 gallon tubs to receive the next grain shipment. There is a teeny fridge for fermenting and chilling. Stir plate. Scale. Grain on the floor. Glue traps in the corners. Six or eight cases of bottles at any time.

I like my primitive BAB system. Over the next 2 years I am considering a 10 gallon pot, running a 230V circuit, and permanently installing electric elements and a recirculation pump.

Homebrewing. It is a never ending spiral into the pit.


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Old 11-22-2013, 09:32 PM   #2
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I don't think iv met anyway that after trying it just stopped. It seems like after the first successful batch you are screwed and are a homebrewer. Be that positive or negative in its addictive qualities. Lol


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Hmmmm...when my wife started liking my beers so much,that she finally went into the lhbs with me to pick out a kit. and all the while I was picking out a 2nd fermenter,airlocks,etc to do 2 at a time. Now I have a pile of gadgets,a grain mill for my homer cheapo bucket,a better bottle for secondarying once in a while. Bench capper,bottle tree,vinator,flask...it never ends...
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When I found myself hopelessly torn between a Foodsaver and a Seal-a-Meal.
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I was hooked and considered myself a homebrewer the moment I smelled my first wort. Smelling the fresh hops clinched it (same day). I love to cook & BBQ. I also love to woodwork, metalwork, garden, etc. -- and I just see this as another outlet for my creativity.
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The second I started collecting parts for brewing at home.
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The very first day I pitched yeast.......
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I thought I was a homebrewer,but I just seemingly failed the smurfology test...?....
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When I cracked the top on the very first bottle of home brewed beer I made. To my excitement, it was perfectly carbonated, and as I reminisce, it was the best beer I had ever tasted.
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Same for me, after my first 1 gallon batch, now its grown to
1 stainless steel 10 gallon boil kettle
Mash tun
Buckets galore
143 lbs of grain
12 vials of yeast, most washed or made from a starter and repackaged
Kegerator with 4 kegs
6 lbs of different hops
And all in the last11 months!


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