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I should add, 99% of the homebrewers I meet are super cool and very appreciative of my beer. I get homebrewers coming in to bring me a new homebrew to try about once a week. Some of my best friends are homebrewers. But every now and then there's one guy who is going to criticize everything because "he could do it better" or "this isn't to style" or whatever. come on - you guys all have that guy in your homebrew club, right?
They're trying to make delicious beer that people want to buy at a price that lets them make a living, and have succeeded. Arguing about whether or not it hits the robust porter guidelines as a measure of the quality of the brewery is pointless.
+1. Brewing for comps (and to style) is one thing - the expectation to hit styles is obviously the criteria. But in a brewpub I could care less if the beer hits the guidelines to the letter. It should be recognizeable as what it's called on the menu, but I like to see a brewer's take on a given beer style more than crunching numbers for style.
I usually cold crash on the yeast for a week or so then rack to corny with finings aand lager a another week or till it is clear. No need lagering this beer for more than a couple weeks.+1
Mmmm Steal Reserve. If you chug two 40s it becomes Stealth Reserve. No one can see you so you can do anything you want.
I find homebrewers who come into a brewery and think they know more about brewing beer than the head brewer extremely annoying and far too common.
What if I do?
Maybe you do, maybe you don't. But you shouldn't try to show off your knowledge to the head brewer. It gets old and boring. Remember that brewers have their own reasons for doing things. Maybe they don't want to stick to the syle guides 110%! Maybe they don't own a copy of "Brewing Classic Styles". As a for instance. I made a stout that I posted here a while back with Dark german munich. It was really, really tasty. Guy comes up to me and tries to tell me "this isn;t a "traditional" Irish Stout."
Yeah, maybe not. I also used German ale yeast. To me it was better than a traditional Irish stout. So STFU homebrew nazi!