GREAT answer Phil M. Same here. I like beer and the ability to create my own and tinker with the flavors etc. I think I like the PROCESS of brewing as much as I like the end result. Much like why I do competitive BBQ. I LOVE the PROCESS of creating delicious briskets and pork butts and ribs and chicken etc. I can go to a BBQ restaurant and order that stuff any day of the week, WITH a beer. But I still like to do it by myself at home. There is something about the creative process that lures me in to both of the hobbies.