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Title: What's your favorite thing about being a Homebrewer?
Post by: mbalbritton on January 08, 2015, 01:58:09 AM
Just went and poured a pint and the question just popped in my head. Thought it could be a fun thread.

Aside from just the "I made this" aspect, For me, one of my favorite things is more to the aspect of kegging. I enjoy the end of the night and I just want one more taste but not an entire bottle/can. I can just pour a couple of swallows for a night cap.


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Post by: majorvices on January 08, 2015, 02:22:22 AM
Crack of dawn, sun just coming over the mountains and filtering early morning light through the trees. Cup of steaming coffee in my hand and the roar of the burner in my ears. The grainy, cereal smell of the mash as I dough in. And the grassy, floral aroma as soon as I add the first charge of hops.
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Post by: Stevie on January 08, 2015, 02:30:27 AM
The I made that feeling is great, but can be a double edged sword when things don't turnout right.

The start of an early morning brewday is good too. It reminds me of camping. Everything is quite, got some coffee, and I'm just sitting watching a fire.

The best is the brew buddies. Most of my closest friends are folks I met in brew club.
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Post by: mbalbritton on January 08, 2015, 02:31:40 AM
I can see now that HBA needs the "like post" button. That is a good one.


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Post by: duboman on January 08, 2015, 02:39:05 AM
Like 30 minutes ago a neighbor popped in the door, said "heard there's a new beer on tap" pulled a pint and sat to chat for a few:) life is good!
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Post by: ranchovillabrew on January 08, 2015, 03:13:22 AM
Crack of dawn, sun just coming over the mountains and filtering early morning light through the trees. Cup of steaming coffee in my hand and the roar of the burner in my ears. The grainy, cereal smell of the mash as I dough in. And the grassy, floral aroma as soon as I add the first charge of hops.
Nice perfect storm reference
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Post by: dannyjed on January 08, 2015, 03:18:46 AM
Crack of dawn, sun just coming over the mountains and filtering early morning light through the trees. Cup of steaming coffee in my hand and the roar of the burner in my ears. The grainy, cereal smell of the mash as I dough in. And the grassy, floral aroma as soon as I add the first charge of hops.
nicely stated...I also enjoy the creative aspect of tweaking recipes or coming up with new ones
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Post by: ranchovillabrew on January 08, 2015, 03:19:10 AM
I would say being able to combine cooking, science and drinking into one great hobby that goes well with the fish I catch.
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Post by: dcb on January 08, 2015, 03:21:51 AM
To me it's watching my friends enjoy the product.  The look on their faces, the "whoa, you made this?"  I had a friend turn down a bottle of Deschutes Inversion when stopping by on Monday.  "Oh, I thought you had some more homebrew."
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Post by: yso191 on January 08, 2015, 06:46:37 AM
Two words: culinary science.  But beer is way cooler than rigatoni.  Make it once, share it for a month.  That and the future.  My next beer is always my best beer.
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Post by: GolfBum on January 08, 2015, 12:58:00 PM
Being able to create something I am proud of.

Sure there are better beers out there but actually being able to select the grains, hops, yeast. And for some that mess with their water profile, their water. Then figuring out a mash and hop schedule, what temp to ferment at and the right dose of dry hops. Figuring out all of that and when done correctly, is something that makes me feel good.

Another plus of homebrewing is always having a good supply of beer on hand. Whenever I talk with a friend from out of state or a family member they always ask, what do you have in the fridge? or what's brewing?
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Post by: klickitat jim on January 08, 2015, 01:12:37 PM
Crack of dawn, sun just coming over the mountains and filtering early morning light through the trees. Cup of steaming coffee in my hand and the roar of the burner in my ears. The grainy, cereal smell of the mash as I dough in. And the grassy, floral aroma as soon as I add the first charge of hops.
(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/15/01/08/d272f3a55d5326b58d2caff0b43afd5d.jpg)
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Post by: Stevie on January 08, 2015, 01:13:21 PM
Don't rub it in Jim.
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Post by: HoosierBrew on January 08, 2015, 01:19:11 PM
I agree with all this stuff, especially the early morning brewing, drinking coffee thing. But for me, I love working on a recipe until I get exactly what I pictured in my head. We've all made beers that weren't totally what we envisioned, but they were damn good anyway. Happens all the time. But drinking a new beer with a buddy, knowing I nailed it, is a pretty cool feeling.
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Post by: klickitat jim on January 08, 2015, 01:30:31 PM
Don't rub it in Jim.
It just seemed to fit his post so well
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Post by: pete b on January 08, 2015, 02:18:26 PM
I really dig doing something that is so ancient; something that humans have been doing since they began civilization: something that practically defines civilization. Homebrewing has never been a distinct "hobby" to me; the reason I homebrew is the same reason I grow my own fruits and vegetables, raise chickens and keep bees. Its a way of life that is connected to the seasons and has no reward without first some learning, toil, and failures. Nothing beats drinking a homebrew outside near the garden at the end of a long summer day snacking on fresh cucumbers and tomatoes as the chickens peck at insects nearby and watching the honeybees gather nectar from the clover.
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Post by: Frankenbrew on January 08, 2015, 03:22:21 PM
To me it's watching my friends enjoy the product.  The look on their faces, the "whoa, you made this?"  I had a friend turn down a bottle of Deschutes Inversion when stopping by on Monday.  "Oh, I thought you had some more homebrew."

This is it for me too. At my age, most of my friends have a notion of home brew that was forged in the very early years when fresh ingredients, state of the art equipment, and the wealth of knowledge that we enjoy now in the books that are being published and on forums such as this one were non-existent, and home brew probably was sub-standard. When I offer them a beer, they hesitate and a look of terror comes over their face. The best thing is to see that look replaced with joy and disbelief as they smile and say, "you made this?"
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Post by: hmbrewing on January 08, 2015, 03:34:55 PM
This is a tough one!

But definitely the DIY aspect of homebrewing - from formulating your own recipes to making your own equipment. Currently in the process of setting up a my own mini yeast lab and enjoying every minute of it! Can't wait to give it a run!
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Post by: Pinski on January 08, 2015, 03:39:45 PM
uh... the beer.
Title: Re: What's your favorite thing about being a Homebrewer?
Post by: blatz on January 08, 2015, 03:52:51 PM
Funny, I hate getting up for working out or for work, but I never have had a problem jumping out of bed at 5am to get the HLT (and coffee) going.

Brewing has sort of turned into my version of meditation/zen practice in a way.  On occasion, I brew with others, but the majority of the time, its just me and my dogs in the quiet garage just 'being', creating, and enjoying each other's company.  Its a special time for me, and one of the only times I truly get to disconnect and re-ground myself.

As for the product, I've gotten to the point with a few exceptions, a majority of the time, my beer is better, fresher, or more suited to my tastes than what I buy.  Couple that with my love of cooking, I am able to put out some food and drink that is nourishing to my soul and that of my friends.  There is just an intangible feeling of goodwill there that cannot be valued nor beat.  Its not for compliments or approval, just feels good.

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Post by: morticaixavier on January 08, 2015, 03:57:03 PM
I really dig doing something that is so ancient; something that humans have been doing since they began civilization: something that practically defines civilization. Homebrewing has never been a distinct "hobby" to me; the reason I homebrew is the same reason I grow my own fruits and vegetables, raise chickens and keep bees. Its a way of life that is connected to the seasons and has no reward without first some learning, toil, and failures. Nothing beats drinking a homebrew outside near the garden at the end of a long summer day snacking on fresh cucumbers and tomatoes as the chickens peck at insects nearby and watching the honeybees gather nectar from the clover.

this is a big part of it for me. Being in a 'civilized' career and living in fairly 'civilized' areas of the world I have to find my connection with the human where and when I can. and having a hand, at an intimate level, with creating one of the things that gives us joy.
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Post by: ibru on January 08, 2015, 03:59:33 PM
To me it's setting aside a day that is mine to spend doing something I love to do. Drinking coffee, snacking on salted in the shell peanuts and an occasional cigar in order during the process. Look to the west and see the mountains (only when not obstructed by the steam of Jim's brew kettle).

Oh and don't forget the "Hot Scotchies" when draining the mash tun!

So, my answer is having a great way to spend a day!

Bruce
Title: Re: What's your favorite thing about being a Homebrewer?
Post by: kmccaf on January 08, 2015, 04:09:13 PM
I really dig doing something that is so ancient; something that humans have been doing since they began civilization: something that practically defines civilization. Homebrewing has never been a distinct "hobby" to me; the reason I homebrew is the same reason I grow my own fruits and vegetables, raise chickens and keep bees. Its a way of life that is connected to the seasons and has no reward without first some learning, toil, and failures. Nothing beats drinking a homebrew outside near the garden at the end of a long summer day snacking on fresh cucumbers and tomatoes as the chickens peck at insects nearby and watching the honeybees gather nectar from the clover.

this is a big part of it for me. Being in a 'civilized' career and living in fairly 'civilized' areas of the world I have to find my connection with the human where and when I can. and having a hand, at an intimate level, with creating one of the things that gives us joy.

There is a large amount of this for me as well. The gardening, the brewing, the canning, these are also things I just enjoy on an immediate level. I may not know what the end is going to be, but I can focus on the things I am doing in the moment. Doing something over a long period of time from start to finish with a few steps here and a few steps there.... I think it is how immersed I can be in it in such a variety of ways that brings me pleasure.

The smell of the mash while drinking coffee. Rubbing the fresh hops in my hands. Friends and family enjoying it (or not). Good stuff.
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Post by: chumley on January 08, 2015, 05:26:40 PM
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What's your favorite thing about being a Homebrewer?

The beer.
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Post by: Slowbrew on January 08, 2015, 05:28:31 PM
I like that it fits into my way of doing things. My friends see as the guy who makes stuff.  Wood working, beer, cheese, retaining walls, lighting setups, home roasted coffee, fixing their cars, band props and sometimes instrument repair, etc.  It's just kind of who I am. 

Having a large number of people appreciate the beer is very satisfying too.  I have successfully moved people from "crap, it's homebrewer" to "hey! what's on tap?" and that is really saying something for me.

Paul
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Post by: majorvices on January 09, 2015, 01:12:18 AM
Crack of dawn, sun just coming over the mountains and filtering early morning light through the trees. Cup of steaming coffee in my hand and the roar of the burner in my ears. The grainy, cereal smell of the mash as I dough in. And the grassy, floral aroma as soon as I add the first charge of hops.
(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/15/01/08/d272f3a55d5326b58d2caff0b43afd5d.jpg)

That's a mighty pretty picture Jim. In my case I live deep in a "holler" so it is about 7:00 till the sun finally makes it up over the mountain and peaks down at me through the trees. Same concept though. I'll try to get a picture next time I'm brewing on my back deck.
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Post by: mchrispen on January 09, 2015, 01:57:19 AM
Mine is that dubious trepidation some people have when you hand them a beer and say, "I made that." Then the grin when they take a drink and ask for more.
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Post by: erockrph on January 09, 2015, 04:36:57 AM
I have always been a huge craft beer fan since before I was even legal to drink. Homebrewing has really elevated my knowledge and appreciation of beer to another level. I've taken the time to develop a decent palate over the years, but once I started brewing I finally understood what I'm tasting. It's like when I started playing guitar back in high school. I was always into listening to music, but once you start playing you gain a much deeper connection and understanding.

The other thing I really love is the whole creative aspect. It's really cool to be able to get an idea in your head and work out all the details to make it happen.
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Post by: hopfenundmalz on January 09, 2015, 01:25:26 PM
The people.

Oh, and the beer.
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Post by: reverseapachemaster on January 09, 2015, 02:04:04 PM
Cleaning out the mash tun.

Wait, no.

The creativity and experimentation.
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Post by: homoeccentricus on January 09, 2015, 02:06:09 PM
The best is creating the recipe and the expectations.
The worst is tasting the end product.  :P
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Post by: Stevie on January 09, 2015, 02:40:24 PM
Cleaning out the mash tun...
Could be true if you had pigs or chickens. Those rascals go nutty for spent grains.
Title: Re: What's your favorite thing about being a Homebrewer?
Post by: S. cerevisiae on January 12, 2015, 12:14:55 AM
For me, it's the combination of art and science that makes brewing a unique hobby. 
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Post by: Thirsty_Monk on January 12, 2015, 02:56:07 AM
For me it was sharing beer with friends and neighbors.

I think I screwed it up because I run commercial brewery and have to make a living from it.
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Post by: braufessor on January 12, 2015, 03:37:27 PM
I really dig doing something that is so ancient; something that humans have been doing since they began civilization: something that practically defines civilization. Homebrewing has never been a distinct "hobby" to me; the reason I homebrew is the same reason I grow my own fruits and vegetables, raise chickens and keep bees. Its a way of life that is connected to the seasons and has no reward without first some learning, toil, and failures. Nothing beats drinking a homebrew outside near the garden at the end of a long summer day snacking on fresh cucumbers and tomatoes as the chickens peck at insects nearby and watching the honeybees gather nectar from the clover.

this is a big part of it for me. Being in a 'civilized' career and living in fairly 'civilized' areas of the world I have to find my connection with the human where and when I can. and having a hand, at an intimate level, with creating one of the things that gives us joy.

There is a large amount of this for me as well. The gardening, the brewing, the canning, these are also things I just enjoy on an immediate level. I may not know what the end is going to be, but I can focus on the things I am doing in the moment. Doing something over a long period of time from start to finish with a few steps here and a few steps there.... I think it is how immersed I can be in it in such a variety of ways that brings me pleasure.

The smell of the mash while drinking coffee. Rubbing the fresh hops in my hands. Friends and family enjoying it (or not). Good stuff.

For me, it is pretty well summed up by the others...... all of these sentiments are why I brew.  This is pretty much how my wife and I live our life, and brewing beer fits in perfectly with the rest of it.  Nothing beats sitting out on the porch, looking over the yard/gardens, and enjoying a great homebrew.

......On a side note, I think I may have to make a wall size poster of Jim's view and tape it to the window of my brew room.  Damn.
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Post by: yugamrap on January 26, 2015, 10:45:02 PM
For me, it used to be working on recipes and tinkering with building my system - but now it's the company of fellow Homebrewers.  Honestly, I've met some of the best and most interesting people I know through homebrewing - especially those I've met through our local club and a few clubs from neighboring areas.
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Post by: morticaixavier on January 26, 2015, 11:13:58 PM
For me, it used to be working on recipes and tinkering with building my system - but now it's the company of fellow Homebrewers.  Honestly, I've met some of the best and most interesting people I know through homebrewing - especially those I've met through our local club and a few clubs from neighboring areas.

well said. The people are great too. Well except for one or two old codgers. ;D