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The Pub / Re: Looking for Home Brewers to Interview for a Paper
« on: March 01, 2010, 06:23:59 PM »
Thanks for the answers, guys! They're all really great, you are all giving me a lot to work with.

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The Pub / Re: Looking for Home Brewers to Interview for a Paper
« on: March 01, 2010, 09:06:27 AM »
   1. Name (first and last), age, location Nate, 33, New Jersey

   2. When did you start home brewing and why? 19, because homebrew shops didn't ask for ID.

   3. How has your idea of home brewing changed since you started? Now I brew so that I have a constant supply of beer that I really like for the price of Budweiser, and because I enjoy making complex things from simple things. 

   4. Why should others who are interested in beer take up home brewing? I try not to be an evangelist, but understanding the individual ingredients and processes on a personal level is the single most beneficial way of understanding the finished product. Without brewing, trying to understand beer is like trying to understand children without having raised one of your own.

   5. What are some good retailers (either shops or online) to purchase equipment/ingredients from and why? For equipment, I like Northern Brewer's online store. For malt, North Country. For hops, freshops.com.

   6. What kind of beer do you recommend for a first-time brewer? Any recipes that you can provide? Irish Red, British Mild, anything simple.

   7. What are some good resources for home brewers? This forum, Northern Brewer's forum, HomeBrewTalk, Palmer's book.

   8. What is the number one mistake that new home brewers make? How can it be avoided? A lack of experimentation. If you have an idea, try it. It's only beer, it's only a few gallons, it's worth deepening your understanding through firsthand experience.

   9. How can the growing interest in home brewing best be explained? Rising interest in craft beer coupled with the ease of  information exchange.
   
   10. How can a beginning brewer make the leap to intermediate or advanced brewing? Start with all grain. It's nowhere near as hard as it's made out to be.

Thanks MrNate! Great answers, I'll definitely be referring to them.

Also, weazletoe, I didn't receive anything in my email from you. If you'd like to, you could try resending it. I'd like to read your responses.

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The Pub / Re: Looking for Home Brewers to Interview for a Paper
« on: February 28, 2010, 06:19:30 PM »
I just think that you have misunderstood my intentions.

Yeah, that's it, but at least I didn't use any foul language.  ;D
So, no offense taken - just seemed like a college kid taking the easy way out of an assignment.
That said, Denny volunteering is a big score for you - HE'S FAMOUS (and I don't mean in Japan).
Good luck on your assignment.

Haha thanks man.  Believe me, this is not the easy way out. I could just make up a bunch of quotes and attribute them to fake people! But then of course I'd be an unethical student/journalist which is something I'm not willing to become.  I posted here because a lot of local shop owners were wary of giving interviews. The ALEiens homebrew club has been helpful, though.  Seems like a lot of people on here are willing to help, which I'm really thankful for.

It'd take a lot more than a stern rebuke on an internet forum to offend me, sir  ;)

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Wow man!!!  Just..............WOW!!!   

We posted at the same time, glad to see it was a misunderstanding.



E-mail sent


Thanks weazletoe.  I checked my email but didn't see anything. I'll check again and let you know.

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The Pub / Re: Looking for Home Brewers to Interview for a Paper
« on: February 28, 2010, 04:55:15 PM »
OK, I'll be the (first) jerk and say it. All this info is already all over the site. I would think if you find something you want to quote - ask the person(poster) for permission and maybe a bio if they are willing. For each of us to write college quality bios for you to peruse and cut and paste into your homework assignment is a pretty big favor to ask on your first post.


Didn't realize I touched a nerve, I apologize.  I didn't think anyone would be offended.  However, I have to say that I'm not ethically OK with copying posts from other discussions and saying that I interviewed someone to get that information.  At least with the questions I posted I can say that I had a direct hand in getting the information presented from someone.

As well, you don't have to answer the questions. I just figured it might be a bit of fun for some people out there.  I'm not asking for college quality bios, just a few lines--maybe just a sentence or two--per question.  Also, not all of the questions have to be answered; they're really just guidelines.  Anyone who wants to respond can say as much or as little as they want to.

I'm aware that the site has a wealth of information available, I will be using much of it in my piece. However, attributed quotes from home brewers will make the story more accessible.  That is to say, they will provide some "meat" to the "skeleton" that is the basic how to.

It seems to me that the homebrewing community is a rather open, social scene.  As such, I figured that I'd ask if anyone would like to talk about the hobby.  If not, that's fine.  I just think that you have misunderstood my intentions.  I am not here to be a nuisance or annoy anyone, just looking for some help from a community that I admire.

That said, I don't think you are a jerk.

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Well, from another point of view, I'd be happy to answer your questions as soon as I have time, Nick.  If you can wait a day or so, I'll get back to you.


Thank you Denny, that would be great. I really appreciate it and I look forward to reading your thoughts.

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The Pub / Looking for Home Brewers to Interview for a Paper
« on: February 28, 2010, 03:08:20 PM »
Hey guys, my name is Nick and I'm a junior at Temple University in Philadelphia studying magazine journalism.  I'm writing a "how to" article on homebrewing and I'd like to have some sources to attribute quotes to.  If anyone could help out by answering a few questions I'd really appreciate it.  They're nothing too in depth, just basic stuff because the article will focus on the beginnings of homebrewing for the novice reader.

Again, if anyone could answer the following questions it would be a lot of help.  You can either post the answers in this thread, message me, or email them to me at njvadala at temple dot edu.

Anyhow, here they are:


   1. Name (first and last), age, location
   2. When did you start home brewing and why?
   3. How has your idea of home brewing changed since you started?
   4. Why should others who are interested in beer take up home brewing?
   5. What are some good retailers (either shops or online) to purchase equipment/ingredients from and why?
   6. What kind of beer do you recommend for a first-time brewer? Any recipes that you can provide?
   7. What are some good resources for home brewers?
   8. What is the number one mistake that new home brewers make? How can it be avoided?
   9. How can the growing interest in home brewing best be explained?
  10. How can a beginning brewer make the leap to intermediate or advanced brewing?

Thanks guys,
Nick

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