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Title: I think I'm becoming obsessed
Post by: Steve L on April 15, 2014, 12:39:48 AM
So my brewing obsession seems to be taking on a life of it's own. It takes me days (albeit in short spurts) to build a recipe and tweak all my stuff. I Carry my laptop with me to work everyday not to be productive on the job but to work on water profiles, recipes, tweaks and adjustments during lunch breaks. I typically have 2-3 brewing books on me at any given time. Heaven forbid someone asks me a question about brewing... they'd better strap themselves in cause I will go on forever. My kids hate the smell on brew day, my wife hates it when I listen to brew strong in the car, and I schedule days off from work for.... wait for it.... brew days. Do others have this life or am I going down the rabbit hole? :D
Title: Re: I think I'm becoming obsessed
Post by: dmtaylor on April 15, 2014, 12:42:13 AM
Sounds very familiar.  Welcome to the obsession.   8)
Title: Re: I think I'm becoming obsessed
Post by: HoosierBrew on April 15, 2014, 12:47:37 AM
I'd wager a guess you're in good company here.  It's totally engrossing especially if you're determined to make great beer, and pretty damn interesting aside from that !  I will say it can be a juggling act to keep a S.O. happy from what I hear, but I'm very lucky - my wife is supportive and awesome. Welcome to the club !
Title: Re: I think I'm becoming obsessed
Post by: jaftak22 on April 15, 2014, 01:56:00 AM
It seems familiar. Everything you have said. Except our whole family gets in on brew day. The dog loves when I spill spent grains
Title: Re: I think I'm becoming obsessed
Post by: sdevries42 on April 15, 2014, 02:12:04 AM
This is reassuring. I was starting to worry about myself too....
Title: Re: I think I'm becoming obsessed
Post by: el_capitan on April 15, 2014, 02:25:46 AM
Sounds like you've pretty much hit your stride! 

I've been pretty thick into things for almost 10 years now.  Obsessed or intensely focused?  There's a fine line there and I've never felt like exploring it. 

Brewing is a supremely rewarding hobby in that your rewards are directly proportional to your work.  And there's also the constantly evolving mystery of how your brewing process will affect the result. 

I love that I can spend a few hours crafting a beer, then follow it up with many hours enjoying the fruits of my labor. 

Add in the thriving homebrewing community and the incredible power of forums like these, and you've got something that shifts into a lifestyle.  Learning to brew has truly changed my perspective on life and instigated a whole paradigm shift.  I'm so much more connected and involved in everything I do, and I think it all started with the realization that you can actually make beer

Turns out I'm a root-down homebody who likes to create my own surroundings.  I don't know how it would have gone otherwise, but for me, homebrewing was the first step toward a whole new world.  A gateway drug toward sustainable living? 

I like it.  Either way, embrace the change.  Enjoy the ride!
Title: Re: I think I'm becoming obsessed
Post by: gmac on April 15, 2014, 04:14:26 AM
Yeah, so?  Where's the hundreds spent on freezers and fermenters and buying grain in 500 lb lots?  I'd say you're doing fine and headed in the right direction but you've got some distance to go.
Title: Re: I think I'm becoming obsessed
Post by: Three on April 15, 2014, 05:12:31 AM
Perfect.
Title: Re: I think I'm becoming obsessed
Post by: Steve L on April 15, 2014, 10:12:51 AM
Yeah, so?  Where's the hundreds spent on freezers and fermenters and buying grain in 500 lb lots?  I'd say you're doing fine and headed in the right direction but you've got some distance to go.
I'd be right there if I had my way but my brewing has geographic boundaries that restrict me to anything and everything that can fit in a closet. I live in a tiny house with almost no room. My wife has been gracious enough to donate the water heater closet which will do for now. As with most homebrewers, I innovate. My fermentation fridge is actually a drug shipping box I copped from work that will hold a temp to within a degree or two for a couple days with the proper application of freezer bricks. Just big enough for my fermenters...
I can even lager in that bad boy. It will hold 40 degrees for 2 days at a time with gallon ice jugs.

Guess I'm a brewer who hasn't 'come out of the closet' yet. ;D
Title: Re: I think I'm becoming obsessed
Post by: tumarkin on April 15, 2014, 11:26:12 AM
There is a very fine line between 'hobby' and 'mental illness.'
  -- Dave Berry, "25 Things I Have Learned in 50 Years"

Many of us crossed that line long ago, though personally I prefer to substitute 'obsession' for 'mental illness.' Maybe it just sounds better, but that's my story & I'm sticking to it.
Title: Re: I think I'm becoming obsessed
Post by: Joe Sr. on April 15, 2014, 02:31:31 PM
It seems familiar. Everything you have said. Except our whole family gets in on brew day. The dog loves when I spill spent grains

You probably know this already, but keep the dog away from the hops.
Title: Re: I think I'm becoming obsessed
Post by: euge on April 15, 2014, 02:47:42 PM
Ahh it's just something I do now. Like regularly making bread perhaps. But enough to keep up a constant supply. The only thing obsessive about it is this dang forum....
Title: Re: I think I'm becoming obsessed
Post by: HoosierBrew on April 15, 2014, 02:50:16 PM
It seems familiar. Everything you have said. Except our whole family gets in on brew day. The dog loves when I spill spent grains

You probably know this already, but keep the dog away from the hops.

+1.  Very toxic to dogs.
Title: Re: I think I'm becoming obsessed
Post by: Kennan Kayser on April 15, 2014, 08:40:11 PM
This sounds awesome. I am just getting involved in this brewing thing. I am starting to go to school for brewing and just planted my first hop rhizomes. I am excited that I get to look forward to an obsession this fun and tasty too.
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Post by: weithman5 on April 15, 2014, 08:49:05 PM
So my brewing obsession seems to be taking on a life of it's own.

well yeah, you're on the forum 8)
Title: Re: I think I'm becoming obsessed
Post by: flbrewer on April 15, 2014, 10:09:06 PM
Heaven forbid someone asks me a question about brewing... they'd better strap themselves in cause I will go on forever.

This comment made me laugh out loud. (I refuse to type LOL)
Title: Re: I think I'm becoming obsessed
Post by: Stevie on April 15, 2014, 10:16:30 PM

...I refuse to type LOL

I hate LOL. Especially at work. I swear I want to punch people when they send and LOL to a thread that has a dozen or so people on it.
Title: Re: I think I'm becoming obsessed
Post by: jaftak22 on April 16, 2014, 01:04:18 AM
It seems familiar. Everything you have said. Except our whole family gets in on brew day. The dog loves when I spill spent grains

You probably know this already, but keep the dog away from the hops.
Didn't know that actually. Hope the little guy doesn't ever get into them. What happens if they do get into some hops?
Title: Re: I think I'm becoming obsessed
Post by: Stevie on April 16, 2014, 01:11:26 AM
It causes their body temp to rise crazy fast. Hyperthermia?

I have read cats are the same. Anytime I'm in the kitchen messing with hops, my butthead of a cat is clawing at me thinking I am messing with cheese or treats.
Title: Re: I think I'm becoming obsessed
Post by: Joe Sr. on April 16, 2014, 01:12:28 AM
I believe their body heat goes out of control and it can be fatal.
Title: Re: I think I'm becoming obsessed
Post by: fmader on April 16, 2014, 01:14:15 AM
It seems familiar. Everything you have said. Except our whole family gets in on brew day. The dog loves when I spill spent grains

You probably know this already, but keep the dog away from the hops.
Didn't know that actually. Hope the little guy doesn't ever get into them. What happens if they do get into some hops?

They can develop malignant hypothermia where their temperatures will rise uncontrollably, which in turn can cause their organs to shut down. Once organs shut down, you can probably figure out the rest. I'm by no means a professional, but I do believe certain dog breads are more vulnerable to this condition than others. Rule of thumb us to keep hops (even spent hops) out of the reach of your dogs.
Title: Re: I think I'm becoming obsessed
Post by: jaftak22 on April 16, 2014, 01:20:33 AM
Holy crap. Never knew that. Makes me wanna lock him up when I'm weighing out hops.
Title: Re: I think I'm becoming obsessed
Post by: Steve L on April 16, 2014, 01:24:21 AM
It causes their body temp to rise crazy fast. Hyperthermia?

I have read cats are the same. Anytime I'm in the kitchen messing with hops, my butthead of a cat is clawing at me thinking I am messing with cheese or treats.
+1. My Hop Union bags are about the same size as my cat's treat bags and they are made the same material. Make no bones about it... He's about as subtle as a hand grenade in a bowl of cheerios when it comes to making his presence known at snack time. I have to be extra careful with hops. If it hits the floor, Hoover will get it!
Title: Re: I think I'm becoming obsessed
Post by: denny on April 16, 2014, 01:44:08 AM
Holy crap. Never knew that. Makes me wanna lock him up when I'm weighing out hops.

There have never been any reports of dogs going after unused hops.  They're only interested in them after they've been used and are soaked with sweet wort.
Title: Re: I think I'm becoming obsessed
Post by: BrewingRover on April 16, 2014, 02:23:50 AM
It causes their body temp to rise crazy fast. Hyperthermia?

I have read cats are the same. Anytime I'm in the kitchen messing with hops, my butthead of a cat is clawing at me thinking I am messing with cheese or treats.
I asked my vet about this and she consulted some of her professional sources. She told me cats are not at risk from hops and most dogs will just get sick. Greyhounds have the greatest risk and almost all reported fatalities have been greyhounds.
Title: Re: I think I'm becoming obsessed
Post by: Stevie on April 16, 2014, 02:35:56 AM
Well, that makes me feel a bit better. My cat is still a butthead.
Title: Re: I think I'm becoming obsessed
Post by: gmac on April 16, 2014, 02:37:34 AM
It causes their body temp to rise crazy fast. Hyperthermia?

I have read cats are the same. Anytime I'm in the kitchen messing with hops, my butthead of a cat is clawing at me thinking I am messing with cheese or treats.

You have a cheese eating cat?
Title: Re: I think I'm becoming obsessed
Post by: Stevie on April 16, 2014, 02:43:51 AM

You have a cheese eating cat?

Not buy choice. It goes all the way back to an old college roommate. She would give him yogurt, ice cream and cereal milk. Now he will yell and claw anytime I am eating or cooking with dairy. He can be dead asleep and will wake up and run when he hears the lid come off of a pint of ice cream.
Title: Re: I think I'm becoming obsessed
Post by: Joe Sr. on April 16, 2014, 02:47:28 AM
It causes their body temp to rise crazy fast. Hyperthermia?

I have read cats are the same. Anytime I'm in the kitchen messing with hops, my butthead of a cat is clawing at me thinking I am messing with cheese or treats.
I asked my vet about this and she consulted some of her professional sources. She told me cats are not at risk from hops and most dogs will just get sick. Greyhounds have the greatest risk and almost all reported fatalities have been greyhounds.

I've seen a dog die from eating chocolate so I, personally, would not take a chance.

Not my dog, for the record. Upstairs neighbor at the time.
Title: Re: I think I'm becoming obsessed
Post by: riceral on April 16, 2014, 12:32:36 PM
It causes their body temp to rise crazy fast. Hyperthermia?

I have read cats are the same. Anytime I'm in the kitchen messing with hops, my butthead of a cat is clawing at me thinking I am messing with cheese or treats.
I asked my vet about this and she consulted some of her professional sources. She told me cats are not at risk from hops and most dogs will just get sick. Greyhounds have the greatest risk and almost all reported fatalities have been greyhounds.

Here's a link to Brewer's Friend which talks about this:
          http://www.brewersfriend.com/2010/05/09/hops-and-dogs/

According to this, Golden Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers, and Greyhounds are the most susceptible. Personally, I wouldn't take the chance with any dog.
Title: Re: I think I'm becoming obsessed
Post by: klickitat jim on April 17, 2014, 12:26:17 AM
This is reassuring. I was starting to worry about myself too....

Obsession means brewing weekly, planning always, and being on more than one forum.

I'm only on this forum so its no where near obsession for me.