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View Poll Results: What got you into homebrewing? (Select all that apply)
A friend of mine who brews. 108 26.21%
I tried Mr. Beer and it all progressed from threre. 35 8.50%
I watched the brewing episode of Good Eats. 35 8.50%
I researched it myself based on my own interest in brewing. 196 47.57%
Visited a brewery and got interested that way. 19 4.61%
Other (please post!) 89 21.60%
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Old 08-16-2008, 06:33 AM   #101
Apr 2008
Gothenburg, Sweden
Posts: 14

I got into home brewing because my wife wanted to order pilsner malt for a special finnish dessert and to reach the minimum order value I had to order "How to Brew"...
So, it is all her fault!

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Old 08-18-2008, 02:52 AM   #102
Sep 2007
Quebec City, Canada
Posts: 112

I always have been interested in how things were made especially everything related to chemistry, then tasted some microbrewery beer and finally wanted to make beer. I was 17 and also started to study in chemical engineering technology, now I'm obsessed with process control! Some of you would freak out to see my Excel files! Am I the only one compiling statistics?? ahah
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Old 08-18-2008, 07:07 AM   #103
Feb 2008
Clarkesville, GA
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I had a friend that made wine and he explained how easy it was to make your own.
I got into brewing beer because my parents got me a starter kit for christmas this past year.
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Old 08-18-2008, 08:28 AM   #104
Jun 2008
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I got into the idea of brewing maybe in 2005-2007 where me and a friend were getting random beers each weekend (along with scotch) And to be honest I hated beer, but enjoyed getting wasted. My first beer with "flavor" was Guinness (I almost puked). But beer still intrigued me.

So one day while buzzed I asked my friend how hard could it be to make beer. We decided to do one, but he backed out and my gf bought me a mr. beer kit (xmas 07). I went through about 3 batches of em (enjoyed every last drop, and still got some of the bottles that came with it) quickly stepped up to partial mashes within the first month of brewing.

A few months passed 4-5 AG batches under my belt(13 batches total) and I couldn't be happier at 22 broke as hell with at least 5 gallons always fermenting and friends to drink it with (although they only like my malty batches).

what brewing does for me is therapeutic, the grinding of the malts, boiling strike water, the wonderful smelling mash and the orgasmic smell of hops. It interests me as no other hobby has, it instills me with a sense of pride kind of like "DAMN IT, I MADE THIS AND NO ONE CAN TAKE THIS AWAY FROM ME"


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Old 08-18-2008, 08:43 AM   #105
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Jul 2008
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After making this label in class, a bunch of my friends said they would most definitely buy it if I brewed it. Then I found out it's illegal to sell home brew. Dammit.

In reality, the only beer I've ever enjoyed was micro-brew. That and Pacifico, but that was in Mazatlan with a six foot fish, smothered in tortillas and salsa in front of me. Now I'm hungry.

Home brewing had been a brief idea I would entertain for a moment, from time to time, but the label gave me the push I needed to really do it.
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Old 08-18-2008, 01:44 PM   #106
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May 2008
Denver, NC
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I guess my interest in homebrewing started when I was a kid. We went on vacation and was visiting someone who was a homebrewer. I thought it was really cool that you could brew your own beer. The thought had festered in the back of my mind for years until a few months ago I decided it was time to try it. Started reading up on it on the internet and found a LHBS not too far away. Bought a kit and a recipe and havent looked back.
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Old 08-18-2008, 05:25 PM   #107
Feb 2008
South Dakota
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Not sure how we ended up talking about this, but one day a co-worker of mine mentioned he brewed his own beer. This got me a bit curious as I didn't know anything about homebrewing at the time other than that my dad had tried a little wine making way back when I was a little kid. In January of this year, my wife bought me a starter kit and it was all downhill from there.

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Old 08-18-2008, 05:53 PM   #108
Jul 2007
Edmonton, Alberta
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Couldn't find a Bock in the Spring of '07.

I've always liked Beer and came from British Columbia (the Oregon of Canada) lots of MicroBrewers. So I just lived on store bought. Although at $10 a six pack it is kinda expensive.

Moved to Alberta and couldn't find a Bock in the Spring of '07 so I said "F'it I'll brew my own." Started researching on the Interweb and the rest is history.

I went to get a "Kit and Kilo" kit, at what is now my LHBS, and the guy said to use a "Brewhouse" kit.

I made about 6 "Brewhouse" kits and enjoyed them all before switching to AG for the last 20 or so. I did try and do a "Kit and Kilo" kit three times. First with a kilo of corn sugar and the second and third time with DME. You know the word undrinkable is thrown around a lot lately. But all three times these were UNDRINKABLE .

I've always thought if I had started with a Kit and Kilo method I probably would have quit and if I ever passed a site like this I would have thought you were all morons as clearly Homebrew tastes like ****e. A very close escape.

Also grew up 4 blocks from a brewery and loved the smell of Wort.

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Old 08-18-2008, 07:22 PM   #109
Jun 2008
Dallas, TX
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My first exposure to homebrewing was my grandfather. He made his own wine & I remember watching the rubber glove on top of the fermenter puff up and move around. I had no idea what it was, but knew it was something pretty cool.

Later on, I was in the Navy stationed on Whidbey Island off the coast of Washington State, close to Seattle. This was during the 90s and was when grunge music and microbrewing was getting into full swing. I was always a beerhound & was in hog heaven being around so many brewpubs and such. One day I met a guy named Tilley who started working with me out in the line shack. He brewed his own beer and tied his own flies. He showed me his tiny brew setup, it fit into a military writing hutch. That was some of the best beer I've ever had. He also showed me how to tie a wooly bugger & I caught a 28" brown trout off of the first one I tied...

So, fast forward about a dozen years and I'm back in Dallas & getting tired of driving across town to get my dopplebocks and IIPAs. It was only a matter of time before I started brewing my own

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Old 08-18-2008, 09:16 PM   #110
Feb 2008
Waco, TX
Posts: 28

After watching that Sam Adams "all our employees learn to brew beer" commercial with some friends in college, I thought to myself, "man, that be a great gig to work there. It almost sounds like they're forced to learn to make beer. I like it." After seeing the commercial several more times, I realized that I probably wouldn't ever work for Sam Adams, and that I might as well look into it on my own.

Funny thing was, I wasn't really a huge fan of beer at the time (and also just shy of 21), but I bought a copy of Palmer's book, and read some in it before bedtime for a week or so. I later got Stephen Snyder's "The Homebrewer's Bible," and was absolutely glued to it. I'm not a huge reader, but this book just had me hooked. I almost immediately brewed my first batch, and after tasting that first bottle, I've been obsessed. Not to mention, homebrew parties reeled in the ladies (esp. with EdWort's Apfelwein in the kegerator!). Few people have seen student loans disappear so quickly, and I'll drink to that.

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