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Title: Complements
Post by: phillamb168 on January 24, 2011, 12:34:57 PM
Homebrewing is a pretty solo hobby around here, and while my wife usually raves about the beers I make, I know she'd say that no matter what (which is nice of course). But last night during The Game Which Shall Not Be Discussed a friend of mine (godfather for our little fella) told me, about my super-hoppy IPA, "This beer is amazing. Seriously, you could have this in an English pub next to Guinness and Fuller's and it wouldn't be out of place." How neat is it to hear something like that!??! Super happy :-)
Title: Re: Complements
Post by: glastctbrew on January 24, 2011, 01:12:28 PM
 Its awesome when someone really appreciates the results of our efforts to brew a great beer.  Grats!
Title: Re: Complements
Post by: madscientist on January 24, 2011, 01:55:29 PM
I love getting compliments from my fiance about the beers I make... and she's probably my toughest critic becaue she's been so used to commercial american lager beers.  But I'm winning her over.  We went out to a brewpub friday night, and she was trying a couple different beers.  She even said she could taste a tiny bit of grapefruit in the hydrometer sample of a batch I have fermenting.  (I did use cascade hops).  She's learning and it makes me very happy. 
Title: Re: Complements
Post by: tomsawyer on January 24, 2011, 02:43:25 PM
Good to get compliments, even better when someone likes a hoppy beer.

I've found hoppy pale ales to be one of the styles thats easiest to get right.
Title: Re: Complements
Post by: rabid_dingo on January 25, 2011, 07:27:49 PM
The Game Which Shall Not Be Discussed

When did they start naming the games?

I keed, It is an awesome feeling, the complement that is.
Title: Re: Complements
Post by: tubercle on January 26, 2011, 12:20:32 AM
There are two kinds of compliments on home brew.

The ones where they say "That's great!" and when you offer them another they say "No, I've had enough, but thanks anyway". :'(

And those that say "Can I have another"? before you ask. ;D
Title: Re: Complements
Post by: dean on January 26, 2011, 12:44:25 AM
Homebrewing is a pretty solo hobby around here, and while my wife usually raves about the beers I make, I know she'd say that no matter what (which is nice of course). But last night during The Game Which Shall Not Be Discussed a friend of mine (godfather for our little fella) told me, about my super-hoppy IPA, "This beer is amazing. Seriously, you could have this in an English pub next to Guinness and Fuller's and it wouldn't be out of place." How neat is it to hear something like that!??! Super happy :-)

Congrats, and be happy you your friends like beer other than BMC.    :)
Title: Re: Complements
Post by: oscarvan on January 26, 2011, 02:28:44 AM
There are two kinds of compliments on home brew.

The ones where they say "That's great!" and when you offer them another they say "No, I've had enough, but thanks anyway". :'(

And those that say "Can I have another"? before you ask. ;D


Tonight someone said:"I can drink this all day"..... I took that as a compliment.
Title: Re: Complements
Post by: euge on January 26, 2011, 06:40:07 AM
My friends politely ask for the first beer but then just help themselves to the kegs afterwards if they like it. Depending what's on tap they slurp it down. And then I hear that kicking keg sound... 8)
Title: Re: Complements
Post by: tschmidlin on January 26, 2011, 08:07:35 AM
My favorite complement came from my neighbor's father, visiting from Ireland.  I made a batch of my Irish Stout, and he said "it'll do until I find something better".  I didn't know he actually like it until I told his son what he'd said, and his son said "oh!  that's high praise!".

Then I found out that when he got home to Ireland he bragged to his friends in the pub that his son lives across the street from a guy who "makes a pint of the black stuff better than Guinness". ;D

He might be a bit biased though, I named the beer after him.  With a name like that Seamus O'Brien, how could I not?  ;)
Title: Re: Complements
Post by: punatic on January 26, 2011, 08:31:46 AM
The Game Which Shall Not Be Discussed

When did they start naming the games?


Quiddich
Title: Re: Complements
Post by: phillamb168 on January 26, 2011, 08:49:04 AM
My favorite complement came from my neighbor's father, visiting from Ireland.  I made a batch of my Irish Stout, and he said "it'll do until I find something better".  I didn't know he actually like it until I told his son what he'd said, and his son said "oh!  that's high praise!".

Then I found out that when he got home to Ireland he bragged to his friends in the pub that his son lives across the street from a guy who "makes a pint of the black stuff better than Guinness". ;D

He might be a bit biased though, I named the beer after him.  With a name like that Seamus O'Brien, how could I not?  ;)

Care to share the recipe? :-)
Title: Re: Complements
Post by: tschmidlin on January 26, 2011, 09:34:15 AM
Care to share the recipe? :-)
I'm happy to, but you'll have to remind me.  I got a new laptop a while back and haven't transferred my recipes over yet.
Title: Re: Complements
Post by: dzlater on January 26, 2011, 12:05:14 PM
The best compliment I had was,another home brewer trying one of my beers, asking for the recipe and actually brewing it.
Title: Re: Complements
Post by: morticaixavier on January 26, 2011, 04:40:41 PM
I geuss the best compliment I have had so far is that two friends of mine asked me to brew my california common (Ahh to hell with copyright! it's a steam beer) for their wedding this summer!

That and my mother in law who only really likes hefe has been slowly chipping away at the case of barley wine I have stored at her house.
Title: Re: Complements
Post by: denny on January 26, 2011, 05:33:51 PM
I'll never forget the day John Maier tried my Rye IPA and said "This is the flavor I've been looking for!".  Then announced at that year's NHC that he'd be brewing it for one of Rogue's 15th anniversary brews.
Title: Re: Complements
Post by: bluesman on January 26, 2011, 05:45:05 PM
It definitely makes it alot more worthwhile to get compliments. I always like to hear them and they always put a smile on my face.

...and Denny, I would be very proud to hear a compliment like that coming from John. You definitely made a winner with that beer.
Title: Re: Complements
Post by: gimmeales on January 26, 2011, 07:26:03 PM
Great stories here!  It definitely does feel good to get solid, objective feedback on a beer - especially when it's positive :)

One of my shining moments was when in a blind tasting my Saison (which ended up a bit more Tripel-ish) was preferred over Allagash Tripel by a friend who is a big beer geek. He then helped himself to 2 more glasses that night, and the praise never stopped (although I start discounting any compliments or critiques after 2 healthy pours of an 8% beer :))  Though I entered it in the 'wrong' category, this beer also took first as a 'Belgian Specialty' at the WA State Fair.

Title: Re: Complements
Post by: jeffy on January 26, 2011, 07:45:29 PM
By far my greatest compliment came out of winning best of show at a competition with over 600 entries.  Ray Daniels, author of Smoked Beers among other titles, was on the bos panel and my beer was a traditional rauchbier.  I'm still happy about that and it was many years ago. 
Like Denny says, having a pro brewer honestly like your beer is way cool.
Title: Re: Complements
Post by: oscarvan on January 27, 2011, 02:17:58 AM
People wanting more......this is good.
Title: Re: Complements
Post by: brewmasternpb on January 27, 2011, 06:19:05 AM
I'd be offended... If it's a super-hoppy IPA, it would totally be out of place between Fullers and Guiness!
Just Kidding.
Title: Re: Complements
Post by: punatic on January 27, 2011, 07:34:43 AM
Somebody thought I was Jimmy Buffet one time and asked my for an autograph... but I draw the line at falling off of stages!
Title: Re: Complements
Post by: abraxas on January 27, 2011, 01:26:00 PM
Somebody thought I was Jimmy Buffet one time and asked my for an autograph... but I draw the line at falling off of stages!

I hoped you signed something for him.
Title: Re: Complements
Post by: punatic on January 29, 2011, 06:34:27 AM
No, but I did share some homebrew with her...
Title: Re: Complements
Post by: phillamb168 on January 29, 2011, 10:49:23 PM
No, but I did share some homebrew with her...

That's what she said?
Title: Re: Complements
Post by: punatic on January 30, 2011, 09:48:11 AM
No, but I did share some homebrew with her...

That's what she said?

She said, "You're a troubador and a brewer?!  Oh James!"   ;)   
Title: Re: Complements
Post by: pinnah on February 05, 2011, 02:52:57 PM
I'll never forget the day John Maier tried my Rye IPA and said "This is the flavor I've been looking for!".  Then announced at that year's NHC that he'd be brewing it for one of Rogue's 15th anniversary brews.

Well last night my gal actually ASKED for your rye IPA for the first time, and that made me feel really good. 

I looked back through my notes this morning, and this is the 10th time I have made it.  Took her long enough!! 
I guess I can't have it all to myself anymore.

Cheers!
Title: Re: Complements
Post by: cheba420 on February 05, 2011, 03:56:58 PM
The most memorable comment I received was from a friend of mine who is an avid ultra fan. Not sure how that works exactly...but it works for him. I had just tapped a keg of a NW amber I made and he loved it! Drank it all night even though he brought over an 18 pack of ultra! At the end of the night, he went home with his stinkin 18 pack!

My wife isnt really into beer but loves cider. The last two batches I've made have been home runs. 7% ciders = Happy Wife. Happy Wife = Happy Husband! Happy husband makes more cider to keep this loop going!!!!!! ;)
Title: Re: Complements
Post by: tschmidlin on April 25, 2011, 05:01:17 AM
Care to share the recipe? :-)
I'm happy to, but you'll have to remind me.  I got a new laptop a while back and haven't transferred my recipes over yet.
I remembered Phil.   :)

Here's what I did last time for 10 gallons:

13 lbs Maris Otter
1.75 lbs Black Barley
1 lbs Flaked Oats
0.5 lbs Flaked Barley
Mash 60 min @150.0 F
110 gm US Goldings 4.20 % (60 min)

1 Pkgs US-05
1 Pkgs S-04

OG: 1.045
FG: 1.012

I split the batch in to two different carboys, one got S-04 the other got US-05.  Both were good, but I didn't do any real sit down side by side tasting of the finished, carbonated beer.  They were served on nitro at the party, we didn't quite finish the second keg but it was close.
Title: Re: Complements
Post by: beersk on April 25, 2011, 03:29:02 PM
There are two kinds of compliments on home brew.

The ones where they say "That's great!" and when you offer them another they say "No, I've had enough, but thanks anyway". :'(

And those that say "Can I have another"? before you ask. ;D


Tonight someone said:"I can drink this all day"..... I took that as a compliment.
This happened to me just today.  I gave some beer to a work friend and he told me it was awesome.  I asked for objective criticism on them and he said one of them needs work and the other one he could drink all day.  Good enough for me.  
I like compliments as much as I like objective criticism to help me improve my beers.
Title: Re: Complements
Post by: micsager on April 25, 2011, 04:38:22 PM
Congrats on the great beer.  I have a similar story:

Last week, my Irish Red was being served, and a few friends were over enjoying such.  Then, on Saturday, we went to a new brewery that just opened a tasting room.  They had an Irish Red on tap.  More than one person said:  "hey, this tastes just like yours"

I'll take that compliment.
Title: Re: Complements
Post by: weazletoe on April 25, 2011, 06:38:06 PM
Congrats! Feels reat, don't it?

   I really seemd to have impressed the Idaho crowd here. It's just a simple wheat beer, but they are going nuts over it. One of my buddies has offered on several occasions now to pay me for it. One dude, an older guy who loves good beer and scotch said "wow, this is better than the hefe they have on tap at the Sandpiper (a very nice resturant / bar in town. and granted, that beer is just Henry Weinharts) Another dude asked if he could pay me to make all the beer for his summer camping trip. And I love how guys just show up at the house now for a pint, or four. It's an awesome feeling!!
Title: Re: Complements
Post by: scooter2374 on April 25, 2011, 09:23:48 PM
I love hearing about my beers, unfortunately I have only dished them out to family and close friends and I'm having a hard time figuring out if they are actual fans of the brew or just being nice. I like the beers I have made, and I guess that's the most important opinion  ;D
Title: Re: Complements
Post by: ccarlson on April 25, 2011, 09:42:26 PM
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I like the beers I have made, and I guess that's the most important opinion.

It's my most important opinion. I couldn't care less if judges, friends, family, etc. don't like my beer. If I like it, then it's good.
Title: Re: Complements
Post by: Will's Swill on April 25, 2011, 11:34:19 PM
My best compliment came from my father-in-law.  He's a retired brewmaster.  Every Christmas I send him a box of assorted homebrews I've made, and he sends me back tasting notes like he used to do when he worked quality control.  This year he got two hoppy Belgian browns (long story there...).  His notes say, "If I had to make a choice & a gun is held to my head I'd select the Slut or the Abbey with the intention you do not brew or package or try to market either of these products.  If you do - pull the trigger."

Why is that a compliment?  He brewed for Champail and Piels.  ;)