So I'm just starting the boil on my cheer beer and I'm for some reason in a deep thought mood. Since my wife is at best faking interest in the details of homebrewing I'm turning to my friends on the AHA forum who hopefully understand! So here they are in no order:
-More isn't always better...my last cheer beer had just about every spice in the cabinet and every grain you could buy. A year later I've learned simple is often better and more flavorful.
-No one brewing session has, or ever will, go to plan. I will at some point burn myself, forget the sparge water, have a boil over, forget to put my manifold into the cooler until after I've added the scalding hot water, etc
-Drinking the perfect homebrew for that moment means I had better plan 3-6 months out, because a lager just can't be made in an afternoon
-I love my friends but not their beer selections...we just had a backyard brew off and to my amazement the beers that won were something close to the macro lagers and not anything worth actually trying...this may make me a beer snob but at the end of the day there's just too many good beers out there to try
-Homebrewing has made me something of a local celebrity, but it also means people expect me to provide ALL the beer at a party/wedding/BBQ. Reference the thought above about my friends taste, plus beer for everybody I know gets expensive and I'm to the point of not having many "friends" anymore (close circle of friends would be ideal)
-I love homebrewing and dream of the day when I own my own bar with microbrewery...but that may just be a dream. At that might just be ok because I have a lot of fun brewing...why ruin a good thing?
Anyway this is just a random thought process that needed to get out and be heard by somebody somewhere. Thanks all!