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Offline Steve Ruch

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Why no home brew TV shows?
« on: August 22, 2016, 09:48:11 PM »
I understand that a brewing competition would be hard to present, some of the best drama on cooking or baking shows is will they all be done in an hour which would be tough to do with brewing.
But why hasn't someone done a home brew version of Beer Geeks? There are a lot of very interesting 'characters' on the home brew scene that would make for some interesting watching.

Denny,
Feel free to put this question on your list for your next Experimental brewing episode..
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Re: Why no home brew TV shows?
« Reply #1 on: August 22, 2016, 11:06:44 PM »
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Re: Why no home brew TV shows?
« Reply #2 on: August 23, 2016, 01:53:51 AM »
As mch as I love brewing I honestly can't think of anything more boring to watch on TV.

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Re: Why no home brew TV shows?
« Reply #3 on: August 23, 2016, 02:21:19 AM »
As mch as I love brewing I honestly can't think of anything more boring to watch on TV.
Bingo. I think this is the same reason why non-brewing friends never want to come hangout on brew days.

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Re: Why no home brew TV shows?
« Reply #4 on: August 23, 2016, 11:55:14 AM »
The Brewing Network did a "Season" of a homebrew type show on some internet-only TV station out in California.  It was interesting to watch, but mostly because it had a bunch of people I've met personally.

They had sponsors and everything..."you just wrote your own deal Bro" :)
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Re: Why no home brew TV shows?
« Reply #5 on: August 23, 2016, 12:22:16 PM »
Brew Dogs had a TV show on the Esquire Network.  They had 2 or 3 seasons of it.  It was awesome. I don't know if its still on or they are just taking a break since they are opening a brewery here in Ohio.  There is a YouTube channel called BrewingTV with some guys from Northern Brewer that pretty interesting.
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Re: Why no home brew TV shows?
« Reply #6 on: August 23, 2016, 12:31:45 PM »
If it were actually a good show, especially in the vein of Brewing TV, I'd tune in.
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Re: Why no home brew TV shows?
« Reply #7 on: August 23, 2016, 03:30:33 PM »
It's not a process that lends well to TV. You can't do it in an hour and have a finished product. You can cut together time but there's no suspense in wondering whether the beer will be fermented in three weeks. I mean, not really.

A reason why cooking shows work is because in part we eat with our eyes. You can look at food on TV and think about how great it would taste. People don't drink with their eyes (think about how much beer is consumed directly from can or bottle. Most people are not looking at a pint glass and imagining how the citra hops must taste.

Minimal suspense and ability to visually enjoy the end product means you're really only creating content for the people who actively homebrew or want to actively homebrew. You might capture some casual viewers interested in brewing for an episode or two. That's too small of an audience for any decently large channel and too obscure to gain traction on an alternative medium.
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Re: Why no home brew TV shows?
« Reply #8 on: August 23, 2016, 04:05:24 PM »
I don't watch much on food shows - they became so gimmicky; I preferred some simpler personality that was excited about their dishes, but not too goofy.

I watched Brewing TV through Northern Brewer when Jake Keeler, Michael Dawson and Chip Walton were on there - they went to some interesting places and talked with interesting people (kinda like Denny and Drew do).  I recall seeing Fred Eckhart doing a segment and then impromptu blending a couple beers that were on the table - to which he said "Not Bad!" and continued drinking....

Just saying, I think it can work on internet/YouTube channels, but wouldn't have the market for actual television, I suspect.  Maybe Denny and Drew will go with video podcasts eventually.... that I would watch.
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Re: Why no home brew TV shows?
« Reply #9 on: August 23, 2016, 04:06:40 PM »
As mch as I love brewing I honestly can't think of anything more boring to watch on TV.

THIS^^^^not to mention that the audience is just too small.  If every homebrewer in the US watched, it would still be a fraction of what's considered a low audience number  For instance, there are a LOT more people who cook than who brew.  I was involved in the TV biz for years, and trust me, a homebrew show wouldn't even rate a blip in audience.
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Re: Why no home brew TV shows?
« Reply #10 on: August 25, 2016, 11:01:54 AM »
The BBC should be able to pull it off. They manage to have shows about lambing and a competition program about gardening.

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Re: Why no home brew TV shows?
« Reply #11 on: August 25, 2016, 04:30:44 PM »
The BBC should be able to pull it off. They manage to have shows about lambing and a competition program about gardening.

Both of which are much bigger than homebrewing.  At least gardening.
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Re: Why no home brew TV shows?
« Reply #12 on: August 26, 2016, 07:51:55 AM »
Over here in the UK, we have some show about wine.  I reckon a similar format for beer with a slot about homebrewing could work. 
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Re: Why no home brew TV shows?
« Reply #13 on: August 26, 2016, 07:58:43 AM »
Over here in the UK, we have some show about wine.  I reckon a similar format for beer with a slot about homebrewing could work.

Yeah, that was my point. One can brew a lot of batches in the amount of time it takes to grow an eggplant (aubergine). If anybody can pull it off, the BBC can. Actually, maybe I should say, If anybody would be willing to take a subject that would normally result in incredibly boring television and make a program anyway, the BBC would.

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Re: Why no home brew TV shows?
« Reply #14 on: August 26, 2016, 05:15:56 PM »
Alton Brown did an episode on brewing beer once.  It actually is what got me into this hobby.  I had not known anyone or every been into a homebrew shop before.  I always thought they were wine only, in my ignorance, and I don't really care for wine that much to make my own consistently.  In being completely honest his recipe was my first beer... it was okay, I am not that big a fan of cascade.  But hey now I know

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