*note the knives on the wall, in case things turn not-so-friendly
Man Beer School: Brewing with Friends:
Okay I hate pretty much everyone. In fact, I might even hate you (yes, YOU!) could be a terribly nice
person, but there’s a pretty good chance I’ll think you’re a dick. There are a couple people I think are
alright and don’t drive me crazy and those are my “friends.” Want to be my friend? Fuck off! Still want to
be my friend? Okay, now we’re friends.
This past weekend I showed up in the big city with a change of clothes and a couple of homebrews (my
fucking awesome New Zealand-hopped Imperial IPA). I went to brew with my friend Aaron. You might
know him. Probably not though, he’s a (::shudders::) vegetarian. But luckily he still likes to drink yeast
shit, so we’re friends. Together, we bottled a batch of Harvest Ale and brewed up a batch of a nice nut
brown. It occurred to me that day, why I like to brew with friends. Here are 5 reasons.
1) You can brew in someone else’s house/apartment. This means when the tube falls off the wort chiller
and you’re spraying hot shitty water all over the kitchen, it’s not your kitchen.
2) Four hands hold more than two hands. The homebrewers I know tend not to be rich. This means
we have small kitchens/garages for brewing and things need to be moved around a lot due to space
restraints. It’s nice to have an extra set of hands.
3) Half the beer. Half the cost. When you brew with a buddy, you’re likely to try some experiments that
you wouldn’t have committed to if you were going to brew a whole batch for yourself.
4) Diversity. All brewers have their habits and superstitions (brewing is magic, you know). Brewing with
someone new means you get to hear their rationale for their process. You can learn what does and
doesn’t work by trying something new.
5) Fuck off. I don’t need a fifth reason.
Still want to be my friend? Okay. Now we’re friends.
– H. Vulgare
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