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The Decline of Homebrewing
« Reply #45 on: September 24, 2016, 08:17:40 am »
I've had the "chlorophenols do not = house character" argument too many times.

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Re: The Decline of Homebrewing
« Reply #46 on: September 24, 2016, 08:19:50 am »
I took it as a compliment when they had a bomber of that other guy's stuff and a bomber of my Kolsch side by side, took a sip of each and then poured his bomber down the drain.  Small victories.
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Re: The Decline of Homebrewing
« Reply #47 on: September 24, 2016, 08:25:27 am »
I was thinking the same thing. The excess of mediocre (or worse) stuff can only take up store or tap space for so long.

Personally, I can't wait for this to happen. There's a considerable amount of dreck being put out locally right now. The hard part is that some of these breweries will make one fantastic flagship beer and the other 3-4 are awful.

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Re: The Decline of Homebrewing
« Reply #48 on: September 24, 2016, 08:38:46 am »
Exhibit A - I went to a local place a while back and sampled a flight of their stuff. Mostly light and insipid, nothing very flavorful or worth buying a pint of. Fermentation flaws in some of the beers.  The brewer (maybe 25-26ish) said that he'd started as a homebrewer and that his parents had bought the place for him. So he was literally learning to homebrew in his own pub. Since then the beer has improved but not a lot IMO, though I've talked to young beer drinkers that think his beer 'rocks'. Kind of mind blowing.
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Re: The Decline of Homebrewing
« Reply #49 on: September 24, 2016, 09:14:36 am »
I will home brew until they pry the mash paddle from my cold dead hands....

Love it:) this may literally be the case for me.  i still find time and love all aspects of Homebrewing even though i have had a lime sized cancerous brain tumor removed Oct of last year. Homebrewing is living in my book and have brewed my share since that date:)

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Re: The Decline of Homebrewing
« Reply #50 on: September 24, 2016, 09:15:51 am »
Exhibit A - I went to a local place a while back and sampled a flight of their stuff. Mostly light and insipid, nothing very flavorful or worth buying a pint of. Fermentation flaws in some of the beers.  The brewer (maybe 25-26ish) said that he'd started as a homebrewer and that his parents had bought the place for him. So he was literally learning to homebrew in his own pub. Since then the beer has improved but not a lot IMO, though I've talked to young beer drinkers that think his beer 'rocks'. Kind of mind blowing.
A lot of mediocre at best breweries opening up around here to.
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Re: The Decline of Homebrewing
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Re: The Decline of Homebrewing
« Reply #52 on: September 24, 2016, 09:26:03 am »
I will home brew until they pry the mash paddle from my cold dead hands....

Love it:) this may literally be the case for me.  i still find time and love all aspects of Homebrewing even though i have had a lime sized cancerous brain tumor removed Oct of last year. Homebrewing is living in my book and have brewed my share since that date:)


Good for you. I hope all is well.
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Re: The Decline of Homebrewing
« Reply #53 on: September 24, 2016, 09:27:12 am »





Bwahahahahahahaha.    ;D   Awesome, Keith.
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Re: The Decline of Homebrewing
« Reply #54 on: September 24, 2016, 09:34:34 am »
Wait a few years.  I'm part of that tail end of baby-boomers, born in 1958-1960. When I retire in a few more years, I'll have a lot more time for brewing and, if I'm lucky, still have a enough years and money to do it. I know I can't be the only one. As an anecdotal side note, our club has seen a real uptick in the number of younger (under 35) members just this year. Less grey hair at meetings than there used to be, which we like!
I can brew as much as I like, I have the time, money is not a problem. We do seem to be more socially active, so more nights out of the house. Lots of travel keeps me away from the taps of Homebrew. Factor in a little less drinking capacity as I age... you get the picture.

Still like to have beers for competitions.

I've found that I'm so busy since I retired that I actually have less time to brew than when I was working.
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Re: The Decline of Homebrewing
« Reply #55 on: September 24, 2016, 09:47:37 am »
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Re: The Decline of Homebrewing
« Reply #56 on: September 24, 2016, 09:56:37 am »
I've found that I'm so busy since I retired that I actually have less time to brew than when I was working.

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Re: The Decline of Homebrewing
« Reply #57 on: September 24, 2016, 10:16:11 am »

Love it! Did you do that one?

Nah there was a beerfest in Nashville someone was selling them.

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Re: The Decline of Homebrewing
« Reply #58 on: September 24, 2016, 10:33:49 am »
There's no surprise to any of this. When the economy tanks, DIY goes up. When the economy improves, DIY goes down. Homebrewing also got caught up in the waves of everything local plus craft beer. Lots of people were going to abandon homebrewing when they could start affording/justifying $10 six packs of beer. Plenty of people got the starter kits as Christmas gifts and brewed a couple of times only to decide they didn't like cleaning, waiting for the beer, etc. You can only sell those starter kits so many times.

There is a correction but it's a good thing. What's being lost in breadth of new brewers is being made up for in depth of knowledge, experience and technical expertise.
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Re: The Decline of Homebrewing
« Reply #59 on: September 24, 2016, 11:38:53 am »
I love IPA, but I have to homebrew because I can't get the good beers I like to drink.  They only seem to sell swill and IPA in the stores anymore.

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