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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 08-04-2008, 05:01 PM   #11
Jan 2007
Palmer MA
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The Good Eats show did it for me. I was watching it with my father and said I can do that. Started to read up on brewing, looked at Palmer's book online and finally picked up the hard copy read it twice and gave it a go. If it was not for that episode I am not sure I would be homebrewign today. So for as many faults as that episode had it planted the seed.


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Old 08-04-2008, 05:34 PM   #12
Jul 2006
Ontario, Canada
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I had made wine kits for a few years, with average results. It was an afternoon a couple years ago when I started researching making wine from scratch, which lead to the eventual question "Can I make beer from scratch?"

Since I have self diagnosed adult A.D.D. and O.C.D., I immediately dropped whatever hobby I was interested in at the time, and dove head-first into homebrewing, and within a couple batches was deep into AG.

It's been 2 years, and I'm still homebrewing, so now I only have the O.C.D. to deal with!

Speaking of which, time to start another batch!

Cheers to all,


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Old 08-04-2008, 05:35 PM   #13
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Dec 2005
Portland, OR, Oregon
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I needed a different hobby besides philandering and bank robbery. My stepdad homebrewed, and Plumply McBitchface thought I should try doing that instead. Best thing she ever gave me except for the two wee bairns.
There is a very fine line between "hobby" and "mental illness."

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Old 08-04-2008, 05:42 PM   #14
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Oct 2006
Lawton, OK
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Dad used to brew a few years back so i was always helping out...justa few years later i started doing it myself...A lack of good available beer help me along my path also.
Primary# 1: Dry Irish Stout
Primary# 2: Munich Helles

Secondary# 1:
Secondary # 2:

On Tap:
Robust Porter
White IPA
Dry Irish Stout

Kegged & Waiting:

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Old 08-04-2008, 05:45 PM   #15
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Oct 2005
Oak Grove, Oregon, USA
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A friend of mine gave her boyfriend & I Brews(u)cks for his birthday. We had been drinking craft ales for a couple years & she saw this "make beer in a plastic bag" things. We made one, it was really bad. We tracked down a brewing place & got a pound of DME to add to the second one. It was bad.

So, we went back to the Oakbarrel and bought makings, hit HD for a turkey burner.

It was good.
Remember one unassailable statistic, as explained by the late, great George Carlin: "Just think of how stupid the average person is, and then realize half of them are even stupider!"

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Old 08-04-2008, 06:08 PM   #16
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Mar 2008
the Desert, CA
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It was something I was always interesting in from talking to different people. I did some research on the internet and through books, but it was mind-boggling and confusing to me. It wasn't until watching the Good Eats episode that I started to understand the process and it really rekindled my interest. I actually wasn't planning on brewing until later this year but SWMBO bought me a kit last Christmas and it just spiraled from there.
Primary 1: pale ale
Primary 2: blondie

My mid-century modern keezer build thread.

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Old 08-04-2008, 06:28 PM   #17
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May 2008
Austin, TX
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I saw an interview show, don't remember which, that Jim Koch was the guest. He told his story about finding his grandfather's recipes, brewing at home, starting the brewery, etc. I was fascinated. I am a beer lover and enjoy craft beers but didn't know much about beer other than the types and flavors. I decided to learn as much as I could and brew. But it was watching Jim Koch and being infected by his obvious passion for brewing that made me go buy a book (Palmer) and a kit.

The kit has been replaced and has evolved into a mini-brewery in my garage and Palmer's book is curently being held together with tape and paper clips. This is an obsession.

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Old 08-04-2008, 06:40 PM   #18
Apr 2008
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I too watched beerfest, Dogfish Head's beers also inspired me to make creative brews.
Beer + Weird Stuff = Awesome

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Old 08-04-2008, 06:40 PM   #19
Aug 2008
Southern Michigan
Posts: 53

I was 18 and wal-mart was selling brew your own beer and wine kits (think cheaper version of Mr. Beer) without checking I.D.'s.
I bought 'um followed the directions once, tasted like sh!t...got drunk
I didn't think about it again until later while in college researching ethanol fuel production. I Typed "how to brew beer" into Google and found John Palmer's website been brewing ever since.
"Hey guys... I don't think sitting on a rooftop drinking ram's piss is the way to go."

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Old 08-04-2008, 06:57 PM   #20
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Dec 2007
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I live in the weeds like an animal and there is no decent beer for 30+ miles. So I built a kegaretor and started buying 1/6 barrels of microbrews. At $70 a pop that got old in a hurry, so I found this forum and tada, a homebrew adventure began. I haven't bought a microbrew keg since January of this year.

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