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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, 08:15 PM   #21
Jan 2008
Burien, WA
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I was going to beer festivals (Hops and Props and WABL events) and talking to brewers while drinking their tasty concoctions and thought to myself "I should do this" I then bought books (Palmer's and Papazian's) read up on it for a month and bought a starter kit with some extras and enlisted my brother into the mix by giving him half the brewery as a birthday present.
You can't be a real country unless you have a beer and an airline - it helps if you have some kind of a football team, or some nuclear weapons, but at the very least you need a beer. --Frank Zappa

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Old 08-04-2008, 08:28 PM   #22
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Jun 2008
Maple Shade NJ
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I had dinner after fishing with a friend of the family. One of my most vivid memories. He brewed, and I had 4 brown ales from a converted fridge/kegerator. I was between 17 and 21, and was allowed beer at the summer house. I will do this one day, i thought.

On a heating(wood) forum that I participate in, a guy was worried about temp. fluctuation, and when he said he made beer, and needed even temps, I googled making beer, fouund this site, and that was it.

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Old 08-04-2008, 08:36 PM   #23
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May 2008
Norton, MA
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I got into it for the chics.

Chics dig brewers.
Why the eff not... everyone else is starting a nano!!! I wanna!!! www.bogironbrewing.com

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Old 08-04-2008, 08:46 PM   #24
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Mar 2007
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Dad used to brew

Buddy used to brew in college...he and I like drinking...he was moving, lent me his extract setup...I can't stop

and what really got me going was HBT....
I'm back!!!

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Old 08-04-2008, 08:54 PM   #25
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Mar 2007
Perry, MI
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I got into brewing... For The Beer.

It took many years of being led towards wheat beers and other light fare, and when I finally asked to just try and find something I actually liked from the row of taps at the local brewery (MBC), I found IPA and was addicted immediately. MBC being a very 'All About The Beer' place, I quickly made friends of everyone there, and learned home brewing from the 30 barrel Century-backwards, towards home brewing. It still took about 15 years to decide I would brew my own.

I have made hundreds of gallons of wine from late teens into the early twenties, as I had access to all manner of free fruit. I was actually scared into NOT brewing, because I was told that holding exact temps was going to be so hard....by the guy who I bought carboys, bags and yeast from, a LHBS.

A few years ago I was given a DME mini-kit that was absolutely horrible-metallic liquid. But during that time, I developed a hops addiction, and out of natural self-reliance, am putting together a full blown, single tier, 3 keggle, all stainless rig, with gearmotor driven mill and kegging system/kegerator.

It could be said it was because of the brewery, but it really seems to be 'All About The Beer.'
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This is HBT of course. Normal Thread that goes every direction but the one intended. This forum should be scientific proof the beer causes ADD

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Old 08-04-2008, 09:12 PM   #26
Apr 2006
Sacramento, CA
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When I got interested in brewing back in 1983 the "hobby" was more voodoo than science.

After living in Germany for 2 1/2 years, the swill available in the US nearly forced me in to brewing. At that time, the cost for a 6 pack of imported Pils or Ale was about 6 or 7 bucks while you could get a 6 pack of BMC for a buck sixty nine!

I was basically doomed by my palate!

Oh how far we have come from that time.

Enjoy this time in brewing and just know it was not always this way.


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Old 08-04-2008, 09:29 PM   #27
Jul 2008
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I'm a member of socaltrailriders.org and noticed people occasionally posted that they made beer at home. It got me interested or rather obsessed, like all my other hobbies, in making beer.

Keep in mind, I don't drink a lot of beer. Honestly I don't!!!

I think for me, making it is more fun but at the same time having it to drink when it's ready is fun too. I also can use it as an excuse to have the guys over for fight night and to help drink it.

I just want to make excellent beer, be known for making excellent beer and have a few every now and then... after that, I'll probably move onto something else. However I can see this as a never ending thing...

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Old 08-04-2008, 09:32 PM   #28
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Nov 2005
San Francisco
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A few years ago, my then-roomate's dad opened a small brewshop and gave us a starter kit for Christmas. I mostly drank gin at the time, and knew next to nothing about beer. I fell in love with the process while making my first batch and immediately began to buy more equipment, try more commercial microbrews, and learn everything I could about beer and brewing. Homebrewing rules so hard that I've never looked back.
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Old 08-04-2008, 09:42 PM   #29
May 2007
San Diego, CA
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My interest all stemmed from my love of beer. I'm a total EAC when it comes to beer and I'm totally ok with that. I like good beer that is well made and the more I thought about it, the more I figured it was something I should be doing for myself. I knew my first batch wouldn't come out tasting like Duvel or Alesmith or Westvleteren, but I knew I could work towards making beer on par with the good crafts I have come to demand. So far, it has been a very interesting experience and it just keeps getting better.

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Old 08-04-2008, 10:35 PM   #30
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Jun 2008
Atlanta, GA
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my dad used to brew and then i saw brewing on national geographic and he gave me his equipment when i asked him about it. that was about 2 months ago...have made 5 batches so far and can't stop...somebody needs to drink my beer!!!
Primary 1-This Bud's for you
Primary 2- Cream Ale
Secondary 1- Strong Scotch Ale
Secondary 2- empty
Bottled/Kegged- Centinneal Blonde, Apfelwein
Up Next- MyCastle (N.English Brown Ale), Hooch Pale Ale
Thinking About: Tripple Bock, Chocolate Stout, open to suggestions

"Every beer is a good beer if I can taste the brewer's intent"
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so barley is a leaves of hops? or barley is a different plant? and blend with hops? I need that to be cleared thanks..

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