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Duty done and reflective musings

Website has been updated with the last Wort’s Hoppening.

Today I also got confirmation that my grain mill has shipped and did a WLP002 English Ale Yeast starter for a batch I’m brewing tomorrow – My sister got me the Beer, Beer, and More Beer kit for Jim Rossi’s Honey Pale Ale. Once this Amarillo Pale Ale keg kicks I’ll be out of light stuff – Well, that’s not completely true. I’ve got a keg of Abbey Tripel sitting down there, but I don’t know that I want everything on tap to be >6% ABV. Well… there’s also that berry beer sitting in the secondary, but I’m bottling that for my sister. I won’t be kegging it.

The more time I spend thinking about this past meeting, the more I realize how eye opening it was. Found out how much everyone else sweats spending money on their homebrewing equipment and supplies. I guess I never even give it a second thought… I mean… aren’t hobbies often expensive? Also, it seems that alot of people buy cheap where as I usually buy quality… Yeah, I bought a $180 grain mill, but I’ll never ever need to replace it. I’ve got a $200 10 gallon brew pot – but it’ll last me forever. If I move up to 10 gallon batches… its the ideal size for a mash tun. C’est la vie… Some folks just prioritize differently. Not that its bad, its just not how I do.

I got into homebrewing because it is something I’ve always wanted to do. I’ve been a beer snob since my freshman year in college (I mean since I was 21!!!) and have always dreamed of brewing great beer. Its never been about cheap for me – its about quality, creativity, and above all enjoyment. I LOVE BEER, and I make sure mine knows it as I bring it into this world and nurture it to its fullest (alcohol?) potential. 😉

Perhaps some other blog entry I’ll muse over why no one could ever pay me to brew… not tonight for sure. I’m cached.

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  1. February 25, 2005 at 7:08 am

    GD, I think a lot of your quality purchasing has to be credited to the lovely and gracious Mrs. GD, who tolerates you selfishly spending your family’s savings on your hobby! 🙂

  2. February 25, 2005 at 7:55 am

    I absolutely and emphatically agree. I have an extremely indulgent wife that absolutely adores me and spoils me rotten. I am very blessed… And hopefully she feels the same when it comes to her quilting, scrapbooking, and books. Perhaps one of these days I’ll put up a pic of our downstairs play room so everyone can see that our kids are not want for much either – They have so many toys we actually have to “cycle” them. About 4/5 live in the closet at any given time.

    Our savings are doing just fine. Don’t you worry about that. 😀

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