Hey folks, I wanna say first off thanks for all the great posts on here. I've gotten tons of answers and inspiration over my short tenure of homebrewing.
How do you all go about sharing your brew? Or maybe how did you start?
I've been brewing for a few years, but have only occasionally shared extras with others. I mostly drink my own. I am the sole beer drinker in the house.
I just recently gave two friends each an assorted six pack to take home, which is the first time I've done that. I explained about leaving the sediment behind when pouring.
I wish I didn't have to go through that whole explanation because I get the feeling that people find it gross, as if I'm making sub par beer with floaties in it.
Before this gets jumped on by the kegging crowd... Kegs sound appealing but I enjoy the small footprint I have. I also already have a fermentation chamber stuffed into our limited space. I don't think I can convince my spouse to let me put a kegerator in just for my consumption.
when i first moved back here i gave out a few bottles of stuff that i thought turned out well. i've since sort of stopped, since i dont really get anything out of it tbh.
i know, i hate giving out instructions since overall it just makes me seem like some hypersensitive weirdo to the guys here who DO drink "craft" (whatever that means in 2022) and basically drink it in the same way the average jo-blo has always drunk cans of lager. i didnt receive any meaningful feedback and its a hassle for me to go collect the bottles as well. im planning on switching to at least one keg instead of bottling in the near future.
Bottom line is anyone who enjoys a craft beer knows and understands bottle conditioning. If they don’t understand bottle conditioning, they are not craft beer drinkers.
im sure this varies from region to region and between class, etc. but where i live anyone who is white collar at all wont shutup about "im a craft beer lover" but they know barely anything more than an old school budmillercoors drinker other than the gobbedygook thrown out by the modern craft breweries. its simply another sign of status for them here. the craft beer is a joke, instead of the boring and often poorly made cream ale/session lager/canadian style pale ale (aka 2row+15IBU) which is the only stuff they drink, i would just drink labatt 50 and save my money.
there is a massive trend here of craft breweries pushing 3.2-4.0% ABV piss yellow ultra bland and ultra bubbly "session beer" here on tap for standard price and theyre not doing it for the love of peoples health, theyre doing it because it costs them way less to make and its utterly inoffensive to every single person's tastes. had an example of this at a work party in december.
point being, from my perspective, people are the same as always, they dont get it
and i shouldnt waste my time trying to enlighten them.
i know it is very different in say california, parts of the NW states, american midwest, etc. but its bad here, really bad.