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Old 09-02-2012, 09:00 AM   #2171
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I brew lower ABV most of the time. While I love the taste of a RIS or Barleywine, for drinking enjoyment I love to down pint after pint without getting stupid and out of control. A healthy mix of 2.8-4.0% beers makes that easy and pleasant.

I dont get nearly as drunk now as I used to... And my guests don't break my stuff, and they get home safely. And nobody ever complains about the quality or taste of my brews. I have plenty of styles to choose from.
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Old 09-02-2012, 01:03 PM   #2172
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Meh, I don't find that stupid or even odd at all. Producing anything to be commercial quality with cheap home equipment is usually difficult and often impossible. Home brewed beer is just something that happens to be able to meet and even at times exceed its commercial counterparts. I think even most homebrewers were at one point also surprised at the quality of beer they, or people they knew, were able to produce.
I am still surprised I can make good beer. Every once in a while I'll have one and think. "Wow, I'm really doing this!" I don't like a lot of commercial beer as much as I used to, either.
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Old 09-03-2012, 02:38 PM   #2173
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It wasn't my homebrew, but I was having a Guinness in a local bar one day and the guy next to me (a total stranger) was drinking one of the light, fizzy beers from a major mega-swill brewery. The first thing he says to me is "I don't know how you can drink that s**t!". I turned to him and said "I was just thinking of saying that very thing to you!"

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Old 09-03-2012, 03:51 PM   #2174
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[...]Producing anything to be commercial quality with cheap home equipment is usually difficult and often impossible. Home brewed beer is just something that happens to be able to meet and even at times exceed its commercial counterparts. [...]
Clever - using diametrically opposed statements to keep us all confused about whether there was a point being made or not.

And it worked.

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Old 09-03-2012, 09:16 PM   #2175
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Clever - using diametrically opposed statements to keep us all confused about whether there was a point being made or not.

And it worked.

Cheers!
They are not opposed, due to the words "usually" and "often"

 
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Old 09-04-2012, 01:42 PM   #2176
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Was at a friend's cottage this weekend. Just me, my buddy, and his parents - known them forever. Anyway, I brought a few different homebrews for everyone to try by the fire, mainly an IPA and a IIPA. So we're there on Friday night drinking them, buddy's dad is going crazy saying "this is good! I don't want to drink my beer anymore! my beer has no flavour!". Food was a bunch of stuff - cooked some sausages on the fire, made some burgers (which my buddy's dad bit in to and realized it still had the paper on it), ate some spicy doritos, had some gross bologna sandwiches while out fishing earlier, etc. Anyway buddy's mom wouldn't even try a sip of the homebrew. Flat-out refused to trust that my beer wouldn't kill us all instantly. So went to bed that night, but then I woke up in the middle of the night with terrible stomach pain, and absolutely destroyed the outhouse.

Next morning:
the mom: "so how'd you guys sleep?"
me: "great, but I had a bad stomach ache in the middle of the night"
the mom: "probably that beer you were drinking"

It was kind of insulting. But in the end more beer for me so who cares. On the plus side, my friend's dad wants me to teach him how to make beer up at the cottage. Wants some simple extract instructions. Time to get that well-water report!

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Old 09-04-2012, 01:46 PM   #2177
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Shoot, I've got a warm buzz going right now! But I know darn well the only thing keeping it from being a drunken stupor is not drinking more homebrew
"hey why you drinking at work, Paul? You can't get wasted and get paid for it."
"relax, boss. I'm only getting comfortable. This is my homebrew. Everyone knows you can't get wasted on homebrew"
"ah, I see. Carry on, then."

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Old 09-04-2012, 06:38 PM   #2178
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"hey why you drinking at work, Paul? You can't get wasted and get paid for it."
"relax, boss. I'm only getting comfortable. This is my homebrew. Everyone knows you can't get wasted on homebrew"
"ah, I see. Carry on, then."
Sorta related: everyone at the office knows when I've had a lot of homebrew because I stink up the place the next day :-D

 
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Old 09-04-2012, 06:50 PM   #2179
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I brought three beers to a wedding (rehearsal & wedding after-party)... so the comments were bound to be interesting.

Everyone at the rehearsal dinner thought it was great - I had nothing but good comments. At the after-party (which didn't last long) I had a few interesting, drunken comments. They all liked the beer, but:

"This stout is very stouty."

and

"I really liked that Grolsch," after which *everyone* called the Kölsch "Grolsch." There was also a couple who'd lived in Cologne and said it was very good but you can't call it Kölsch unless it comes from Cologne.

Everyone liked it, though... they just felt like they had to say more than that they liked it, I guess. Unfortunately the Kölsch is gone... I'd have liked to enter that into a competition -- it may be the best beer I've made, imho.
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Old 09-09-2012, 07:26 AM   #2180
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I had a gem today. We were visiting family in a really small town. While having lunch at the diner I saw they had SNPA. So I ordered one and the waitress looks at me confused and says "is that some sort of wine?" I point it out on the beer list and immediately regret it. Of course it was old and had lost all its hop aroma. Still gave me a chuckle though.

 
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