« on: March 03, 2012, 08:52:23 AM »
In 1977 when homebrewing became legal a friend of mine took it up. He made the best tasting beer I had ever tried. Of course back then all that was available in America were bland pilsners. Bud, Blue Ribbon, Hamms the beer refreshing, Shlitz, etc. Light beer had not even been invented yet.
I was always fascinated with it after that but never had the time, space, or opportunity to try it until a couple years ago. Of course by then the craft beer boom was really picking up momentum and I could buy good beer. But I like to tweak and perfect, plus I was still fascinated with the idea of it.
Since then I have discovered the ever learning aspect of the hobby. I like that. I used to play a lot of tournament chess and that was what made chess fun to me as well. Plus, I have found that once I have the equipment, brewing is much cheaper than buying beer. I recently went to the liquor store and picked up a 6 of Sam Adams Red Ale, a 6 of Odell's Red Ale, and a 6 of Sam Adams Alpine Spring. The ticket came to over $28. I walked out of there thinking I spend less than that making 2 cases. The kicker is I actually liked my last red ale than either of the professionally made ones I bought.
I have thought it might be fun to go pro on some level. But then it would become a job. And anything that becomes a job isn't fun anymore. I am not brewing to enter any contests. I am brewing for fun and to have beer actually designed just for my own taste.