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Got this from another board (non beer-related) and thought ya'll might enjoy.

You know you are a homebrewer if:

If you know 6 different ways to start a siphon.
If you've ever had a party where more beer was brewed than was consumed.
If you've planned the landscaping at your new house around the location of your Cascade Hop trellis!
If the workers at the hardware store ask how the latest homebrew is coming along.
If your 4 year old asks Santa for a refractometer for you.
If you find that the "Homebrew" budget is larger than your "Grocery" budget in Quicken.
If you do a protein rest when cooking spaghetti.
If the local brew supply store knows who you are by voice alone.
If the majority of your shirts are brewing or beer related.
If you've ever taken a final gravity reading of a commercial beer.
If you have ever stared glare-eyed in the bulk spice section of the grocery store dreaming of Belgian beers with Orange peel and coriander or spiced Christmas ales.
If you have ever hugged your primary fermenter.
If you spend more time thinking about beer than drinking beer.
If you have ever had an intense argument about corn.
If you sparge your tea bags with 170 degree water to prevent astringency.
If you wish you could buy your significant other a perfume with a malty aroma and hints of toffee underneath a nice bouquet of citrus and pine fragrances.
If a slinky reminds you of a wort chiller.
If you actually look for cruddy sediment in the bottom of a beer, before you buy it.
If you've ever received a shipping quote from a malt distributor.
If everytime you are in the grocery store you look at the beer selection even thought you have 10 gallons of beer rea
dy to drink at home.
If you take a personal day off from work to brew on a Wednesday to have an adequate yeast starter for the 1.100 Specific Gravity Belgian being brewed on Saturday.
If you refuse to pay $8.00 for a beer in a restaurant because you can make 5 gallons for that much.
If you scan the Belgian Ales at checkout yourself so the clerk won't disturb the yeast sediment.
If you live in a small one bedroom apartment, and you have two refridgerators.
If you wonder what everything would taste like if mashed, boiled and fermented.
If your computer passwords are all related to beer.
If you make hummingbird food by boiling the sugar water for 1 hour and then sanitize the feeder with Iodophor.
If your house doesn't have air conditioning, but your beer room does.
If your pet rabbit will only eat crushed German pilsner malt.
If "pick up CO2" is on your shopping list.
If you see the acronym R.D.W.H.A.H.B. and know what it means.
If you get all your exercise from moving carboys.
If you take your wife out to garage sales in hopes of finding brew gear.
If you hate to wash the family dishes, but think nothing about standing over a sink for hours cleaning empty bottles.
If you have used a bottle opener on a twist-off cap.
If your wife starts buying two of every kitchen utensil so she doesn't have to search the brewery when it's time to cook.
If you ask the guy at the hardware store if something is "food grade".
If you've ever spent the afternoon in a hardware store staring in to space, trying to improve your wort chiller/fluid transfer.
If you pre-heat your thermos cup to have a thermal mass of zero.
If a "beer run" is now classified as a 3 hour escapade at the local homebrew shop.
If you have ever parked your car in the rain to keep your beer out of it.
If you have never taken a microbiology course but you know all about Saccharomyces cerevisiae and Saccharomyces carlsbergensis.
If you measure purchases with how many batches of homebrew you could have brewed.
If your children believe that Santa Claus would rather have a glass of homebrew than milk.
If you worry about channeling when you "sparge" your coffee.
If your asked your phone company if they have a phone number ending in 1056.
If you can estimate hair color in degrees Lovibond.
If you have a separate email folder for homebrew.
If you can name at least 10 different varieties of hops, but can't name 10 congressmen.
If you understand how water chemistry and pH affect the mash, but barely passed high school chemistry.
If your wife left you for someone who doesn't brew.
If you have your local homebrew supply shop on speed-dial right above 911.
If you own a stock-pot big enough to bathe in.
If you have more varieties of beer on tap than your local bar does.
If you take two fermentors with you shopping for refridgerators.
If a smelly, moldy, disgusting college-dorm fridge is a gift from the gods.
If you tackle your wife in the kitchen before she sneezes.
If you have moved clothes out of your closet to make room for more fermenters.
If your child's science project is on fermentation.
If you've ever got up to check an airlock in the middle of the night.
If you have more refridgerators for beer than you do for food.
If going to a brewfest is part of your honeymoon.
If you plan your family vacations by which breweries you can visit.
If you and the local bottle-grannies have come to an accord over collection zoning.
If you have more airlocks than the international space station.
If you've tasted the finest commercial beer and said, "I can do better."
If you have more kegs than your average fraternity.
If staring at a bubbling airlock is more exciting than the superbowl.
If you pour your coffee carefully to avoid hot side aeration.
If you bring a 3-gallon corny to a cook-out with its own neoprene jacket.
If you've kept a log of the temperature in your basement for the past 5 years.
If the presence of a basement was a major factor in the selection of your new home.
If you have room in your fridge for 7 different types of beer, 6 packages of hops, 4 vials of yeast, and two cans of rice syrup, but no room for milk for the kids.
If you schedule your lunch break around trips to the homebrew store.
If you start asking questions about other people's worts.
If your 5 acre yard is completely mulched with spent grains.
If you have multiple propane tanks but only use charcoal grills.
If you own more stainless steel than your local hospital.
If you get up in the middle of the night to dry hop.
If you plan your days off around when the homebrew supply store is open.
If you have 45 gallons of bottled beer in the basement and wonder if you should double the batch you are brewing on Saturday.
If your basement looks like the set of a 1930's horror movie.
If your 5 gallon propane bottle has never been connected to a barbecue.
If you don't brew much until your wife leaves town for the weekend, then you brew 30 gallons.
If you have more than two refrigerators.
If you have bottles of bleach and no white clothes.
If you hear someone say "sock hop" and you think they're dyslexic.
If your neighbors think you started a bottle recycling center.
If you use old, leftover hops as potpourri.
If you've got more cooking utensils and gadgets than your spouse does.
If you return from New Year's Eve parties with a trunk full of empty champagne bottles.
If you always make sure to take the truck, rather than the car, to the brew supply store.
If you name your new puppy "Fuggles" or "Growler".
If you send a holiday card to the owner of your brew supply store.
If your house smells like a brewery.
If you buy more pantyhose than your wife (...for hops!)
If you kidnap the family thermometer to test the temperature of the wort.
If you hear the term 'malted milk' you think they are talking about a stout.
If you've ever bought a case of beer saying, "I paid for the bottles, the beer comes with them for free."
If you've ever had 6 or more cases of EMPTY beer bottles in your house before you had a party, not after.
If you've raided the boy scout bottle collection/recycling for old bottles.
If you've ever left your local soda bottling company with your trunk and back seat full of 5 gallon cornelius kegs.
If you give clothes to Goodwill just to get more room in your closet for beer and equipment.
If someone says they've had a yeast infection and you ask what they were brewing at the time.
If you get crown seals and hop bags for christmas presents.
If you've ever bought returnable beer bottles with no intention of EVER returning them.
If you're surfing the net at 3:40 am looking for homebrew websites or recipies.
If you cancel a date because your wort hasn't reached pitching temperature yet.
If you can't remember that last time you popped open a flip-top beer can.
If you think the term pitch has nothing to do with baseball.
If your cupboards have more brewing items and bottles than they do food and plates.
If you don't think that 10 gallons of beer is a lot.
If you've ever cut a hole in a refridgerator.
If walking across the kitchen floor sounds like velcro.
If you've ever asked the question, "by weight or volume?"
If you've ever used a mop on a ceiling.
If you own a sterile trash can.
If you've ever tried to improve a Budweiser by stirring in a hop pellet


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Aug 14, 2006
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Aiken, SC
I just started brewing a few months ago, and I already said yes to WAY too many of these!!!!!! :)


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Apr 30, 2005
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...if your neighbors think you're running a meth lab instead


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Jun 27, 2006
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...if your neighbor yells out to you, "There is an easier way to get beer!", as you are cutting through the top of a keg to make a keggle.

...if your three year old son asks if he can help build a beer tower.

- WW


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Feb 18, 2009
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San Antonio, TX
If your HOA calls the cops on you and you have to tell the Policemen, "No, that is HOPS, Really!!!


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Jul 19, 2007
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Edmonton, Alberta
I was at my LHBS yesterday that is right by a Pharmacy and this 90 year old lady was being helped out and she had an oxygen tank and I thought. "Sweet a 10 lber with a flowmeter. That would be rad."



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May 19, 2008
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If you have ever stopped fooling around with your girlfriend to make sure you get the hop additions right


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Jan 20, 2009
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Rapid City, South Dakota
10?? uh.. how bout 40?? I still buy beer to compare.
The thread had been dead for 3 years. There must have been a dozen other "You know you're a homebrewer when..." threads since then.

Sorry son, but Old Yeller and I need to head out into the back yard. You just wait here.