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Old 04-13-2014, 03:28 AM   #1
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Homebrew: Doesn't the moniker not elicit images of squalor and unsanitary conditions as a result of past media reports? I don't consider myself a "homebrewer". Whether I brew at home or at some event or even if I brew in the street, I am not a "homebrewer" in the classical since of the term. The days of blue ribbon malt hopped extract are long past for me and all modern brewers.
Homebrewers? NO. Artisan brewers? YES. We have access to all modern malts and yeasts and additives and adjuncts necessary to brew with the best commercial brewers. The derogatory term "homebrewer", IMO, should be put to rest. Why are those that chose to make quality bread named artisan bakers instead of homebakers? I for one am just sick and tired of the derogatory image associated with the moniker "homebrewer". We are ever so much more than that. [end rant] . Cheers, fellow artisans ..
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Old 04-13-2014, 03:46 AM   #2
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I don't think homebrewer is a derogatory term. Further, if someone out there has a negative image of homebrewing, that's their problem. I have no time for that kind of attitude.
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Old 04-13-2014, 03:49 AM   #3
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Old 04-13-2014, 03:58 AM   #4
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I'm a postmodern zymologist. Artisan has too much of the connotations of bucolic parochialism.
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Old 04-13-2014, 04:02 AM   #5
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I have never thought the term derogatory and none of my friends have anything negative to say. I brew at home so I am a homebrewer! I do create my own recipes and do some experimenting but I would not consider myself an artisan. If I baked, I would call myself a home baker!
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And I have no idea of where this impression of squalor and unsanitary comes from. I have never encountered that opinion from anyone concerning my homebrewing.
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It has happened before where some group of people take what was originally a label with negative connotations and turn it into a positive thing. Stand strong against the stigma
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I am a homebrewer and I use that term proudly. I have never heard anyone use that term in a derogatory manner; as a matter of fact when I tell people I'm a homebrewer they perk right up and want to hear more. If I tried to tell people I'm an "artisan" or something stupid like that they probably wouldn't care that it means I'm making great beer at home.

If someone is trying to tell you that being a "homebrewer" is a bad thing then they are an idiot and you shouldn't bother listen to them.
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Ha, this thread made me laugh. So Thanks for that!

On topic... the worst reaction I get from people is that they instantly think I am an alcoholic. Eh, I don't care. I know what is up. So, homebrewer? Hell yeah!
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I don't call myself a homebrewer. Since I have a degree in Culinary Arts, I call myself a Brewer or a Craft Beer Brewer, since I hand craft each beer that I make. But I don't think that homebrewer has any bad connotation associated with it. Although the Buffalo Wild Wings commercial a few years ago didn't help.
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