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Are you motivated by or Do you desire

To emulate commercial quality / Brands
Develop your own unique style
Try to make the best beer possible with the highest quality ingredients available
just brew it
Try to meet the ATF max allowable quantity
Try to brew the Highest possible Gravity successfully

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When you brew a beer
« on: December 06, 2010, 09:06:59 AM »
Well??? What is your driving force

Edit for clarity: My emphasis is Imitate (1vertical)

"em·u·late/ ˈemyəˌlāt/ Verb
1. Match or surpass (a person or achievement), typically by imitation.
2. Imitate".  
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Re: When you brew a beer
« Reply #1 on: December 06, 2010, 09:15:01 AM »
All of the first 3 for me, so I didn't vote in the poll.
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Re: When you brew a beer
« Reply #2 on: December 06, 2010, 09:17:37 AM »
All of the first 3 for me, so I didn't vote in the poll.
me too (hey it's not a +1)
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Re: When you brew a beer
« Reply #3 on: December 06, 2010, 09:20:59 AM »
Me three
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Re: When you brew a beer
« Reply #4 on: December 06, 2010, 09:32:46 AM »
I realize I cannot possibly have a motivation listed above for all scenarios, but I was just
curious as to when you are brewing what you MOSTLY are striving for.

Me, I brew with the best possible ingredients I can get using tried and true methods
and don't care really about much else...If the beer resembles a commercial variety
then that is a plus as a sideline...altho some tasters of my beer prefer unique different styles.
That being said, this methodology results in very good beers IMHO.

All of the first 3 for me, so I didn't vote in the poll.

Denny I clarified that commercial beer line for your benefit

me too (hey it's not a +1)

There Fred that is for your benefit HIGH gravity!
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Re: When you brew a beer
« Reply #5 on: December 06, 2010, 09:35:33 AM »
First, as in now, I want to make very drinkable beer, using good ingredients, and reasonably simple techniques. (Partial mash) Then I am going to build a system and try and make very drinkable beer using AG. As I gain experience I want to start making my own versions, as well as accurately replicating more challenging existing beers.

So, one answer doesn't fit all......
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Re: When you brew a beer
« Reply #6 on: December 06, 2010, 09:38:11 AM »
There may be folks brewing that are mostly trying to emulate commercial brands...
or if you will....clones
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Re: When you brew a beer
« Reply #7 on: December 06, 2010, 09:40:18 AM »
There may be folks brewing that are mostly trying to emulate commercial brands...
or if you will....clones

And sometimes I do...when I brew my Rochefort 10 clone, that;s what I want it to taste like as much as possible.  But when I brew the Rye IPA, I'm going for my own unique thing.  And then there are the time I just grab some stuff from my inventory and throw a beer together.
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Re: When you brew a beer
« Reply #8 on: December 06, 2010, 09:43:19 AM »
I am currently trying to work through brewing classic styles.  I started this journey as a method to familarize myself with malts, yeast, hops, ect.  

After brewing all of these styles I hope to have a good idea of my ingredients to start formulating my own recipes.  I do rebrew occasionaly with changes to the BCS recipes to see how the change affects the flavor...

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Re: When you brew a beer
« Reply #9 on: December 06, 2010, 10:02:10 AM »
I look to the commercial beers for inspiration and ideas but choice #3 is my goal. And not always easy at that.
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Re: When you brew a beer
« Reply #10 on: December 06, 2010, 10:07:12 AM »
I just try to make something I like.

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Re: When you brew a beer
« Reply #11 on: December 06, 2010, 10:12:23 AM »
While it is very important to me to brew a great beer with the best ingredients, I am all about developing my own recipes and style.  One thing I think we can all agree on is that home brewing, regardless of the driving forces, is one hell of an adventure!
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Re: When you brew a beer
« Reply #12 on: December 06, 2010, 10:13:14 AM »
As a beginner, I am trying to emulate/clone commercial brands. I feel that once I can get them right, I can start to formulate my own recipes and making the best beer I can with the best ingredients I can get.
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Re: When you brew a beer
« Reply #13 on: December 06, 2010, 10:36:08 AM »
Me four...

The first three on the list are my objectives in no particular order.  Depends on the beer I'm brewing at the time.
Since I like to compete, I'm usually trying to emulate a BJCP commercial example of some sort.

But I have to say IPA's are becoming a regular in my house as of lately and that will change as the seasons change.
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Re: When you brew a beer
« Reply #14 on: December 06, 2010, 12:10:07 PM »
There may be folks brewing that are mostly trying to emulate commercial brands...
or if you will....clones
Oh I didn't read this as specifically clones.  The first option is what I voted, but I interpreted it as striving to brew beers that are as good as commercially available beers, not cloning them.  I want my beer to taste just as good as anything I can get in the store, if not better.  Some of it is better, I think, but some of it lacks something.  Which is why we continue to brew; we strive to improve our craft and make better beer all the time.  The beer that I don't like quite as much is still pretty decent beer.
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