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inkslinger82

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Wanna hear something funny??? I never even REALLY liked bear or appreciated it until I started learning about it and attempting to make it. I think I've been at this for a few months now...I haven't a clue why I got into it in the first place! All I can remember is that it was our first snowstorm in Buffalo...so for some reason I thought it would be a great idea to drive to the LHBS and buy a kit.

3 months later or so Ive accumulated about 15 carboys (7 of which are in constant operation)....and various other gadgets, had over 300 bottles "donated" to me, built kegerator....read 5 books.....moved from Extract to my first attempt at AG and am trying to decide whether to build a HERMS or RIMS with my welder friend. Am I saving money making beer??? Heck no! Am I addicted? Heck yes! In fact I've BOUGHT more beer than ever trying to figure out what the heck I like to drink...yet alone try to make.

So today Im trying to figure out what I was thinking when I decided to drive in a blizzard to pick up a beer making kit!

Answer...I brew with my little brother...and have a hell of a time together drinking our beer and sharing it with our friends when its done. I think to me at least...thats what this is all about...especially spending time with my brother.

So what got you addicts into this crazy obsession/hobby???
 

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You buy a new carboy every week? You must be brewing a metric sh** ton of beer, dude.
 

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I was already a beer snob, and wanted to take it to the next level. Plus I had a friend who brewed years ago but had quit, so she gave me all of her old equipment, so I got started for nothing but the cost of ingredients.
 
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haha...actually I had a friend getting out of the winemaking hobby and had a ton of carboys I picked up for 7 bucks a piece. I make a lot of beer because I host a poker game every friday and like to use the players as test dummies.
 

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I second the loving of brewing durring the monthly snow storms in buffalo. Niagara Tradition brewing is a nice drive even durring a snow storm...all the roads are major and plowed...most of the time!!!
 

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I got started through one of my co-workers / friends getting me a basic kit for Christmas of 2006. Having always been a beer drinker it was a logical step and I've discovered I'm good at it and I love doing it.
 

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I went to a beer expo and there was a homebrewer there brewing an AG batch. He and a few of his friends were giving their beer away. I thought it was the best beer I had ever had. Two weeks later I bought a kit. It's been a crazy year that's for sure. :drunk:
 

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I found a copy of Charlie Pap's book in a box of old things donated to me by my brother-in-law when I left for college (oh so long ago). Read the whole thing in one sitting and was planning my first brew before I reached the end. Same brother in law subsequently donated all of his old extract gear when I asked him if he had ever tried brewing. Charlie sure has a way of making brewing accessible to the uninitiated.
 

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Yep I know the feeling. I started because I am a beer snob and wanted to try my hand at it. Im still new to it but I can see myself doing it for a long time. And really beer is the universal language for friendship haha or something like that.
 

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Here's my story, lifted from my website:

"At first, my brewing was all about cost. I liked well-made, flavorful beer, and I had little dosh to supply the needed bevvie. I read a library book about brewing, visited a local homebrew store, and discovered I could make more than four dozen bottles of yummy beer for less than two-thirds the price of a case of good commercial brew. So I got a "starter kit" that included equipment and ingredients for a five-gallon batch. It didn't turn out too badly, so I kept at it.

Eventually, I got a half-decent job, so I could afford better commercial brew more often. But that didn't stop me from brewing; it meant that I started brewing things that, commercially, cost a lot of money, like Belgian-style ales, instead of brewing American Pale Ale because I couldn't afford Sierra Nevada Pale.

One day, I was wandering around Easton, PA with no real goal in mind except perhaps hitting the public library for a fresh novel. I was just enjoying a warmish February afternoon. Suddenly, I smelled mash - the hot water and grain concoction that leads to beer. So I followed my nose until I found an old, two-story brick livery stable converted into a microbrewery called Weyerbacher.

I wasn't very happy with the job I had at that time, so I walked in the propped-open doors and nosed about until I saw a tall, gangly guy stirring the mash with a canoe paddle. "Oi!" I said diplomatically. "What's a guy got to do to get a job here?"

"Go away," he muttered, then grunted something about the brewery staff about to leave for a pilgrimage to Belgium, so it wasn't worth talking to the owner, who wasn't there, anyway.

Long story short, after weeks of daily pestering, they gave in and hired me. I was officially a "cellarman," or the guy who cleans fermenters, cleans kegs, fills bottles, and generally acts as a janitor. Six months after that, I brewed my first batch of beer as a professional brewer!

(I remember it quite clearly - it was a ten-barrel batch of Belgian-style Trippel, and I didn't screw it up.)

Today, I'm out of the brewing business, alas."
 

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I often get asked how I got started, and to be truthful, I can't exactly remember how I discovered you could brew you're own beer at home. What I do remember is that I budy of mine got me interested in "good" beer. I was interested in breweries and with the help of the internet I believe I discovered this hobby/obsession. I apparently said something about to a now ex-girlfirend and low and behold, Christmas morning a couple of years ago I was surprised with a home beer making kit. Greatest gift I have ever received by far! I started out brewing twice a month and still would if I could afford it. I love this craft...
 

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I talked about getting into homebrewing, but it was a christmas present from my girlfriend which got me started. I made 20 batches in the first month (she began to regret the present in the first month). As much of a fondness as I had for beer before I began brewing, I enjoy a well crafted beer much, much more now. You really have to dissect something and learn the details of it, before you can began to really appreciate the final product.
 

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Ok, mine is a little off. :)

I was dating this lady who said several time she wanted to brew beer, so I got her a kit for Valentine day.

We brewed that beer together, did not date her for very long after that, but I got the bug from her :)
 

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1990, I was invited to a Homebrew "gathering" by a couple of co-workers.
It was about 12 people, and half of us were non-brewers. The host brewed an extract batch while demonstrating the process. The 6 brewers brought samples,

I enjoyed it and took it all in, I remember thinking "I've already got one of those old glass water cooler bottles-(It was collecting loose change)". I went home with a buzz, and dumped the change out of the bottle now called a "carboy". The next weekend, a few of us went to the LHBS and I pieced together my supplies, and brewed my first batch shortly after that.

Eventually that group formalized into a homebrew club, but I moved out of the area years ago. I've "taught" several people over the years-curious neighbors or co-workers, but most of the time I brew by myself and share the beer with guests.

All in all-Great Hobby.
 

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