How long have you been brewing?

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  1. ElmerTLee

    ElmerTLee Initiate (0) Apr 25, 2015 Connecticut

    Ran into the guys who got me into brewing at NERAX, who I hadn't seen in at least 20 years. Made me think of how long I've been brewing. To give you another clue, the 'big' malt at the time was
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  2. ventura78

    ventura78 Aspirant (268) Nov 22, 2003 Massachusetts

    5.5 years.
  3. pweis909

    pweis909 Poo-Bah (1,964) Aug 13, 2005 Wisconsin

    I brewed about half a dozen extract batches from about 1988-93, then quit for 12 years. Since returning to brewing, I've been making about a dozen batches a year.
  4. suavo

    suavo Initiate (0) Oct 29, 2014

    2 years...and I know everything there is to know about brewing..... bwahaahaahh
  5. ChrisMyhre

    ChrisMyhre Initiate (0) Sep 15, 2013 Massachusetts

    On and off for over 15 years.
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  6. suavo

    suavo Initiate (0) Oct 29, 2014

    I've been brewing time imortal
  7. suavo

    suavo Initiate (0) Oct 29, 2014

    On...never Off
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  8. VikeMan

    VikeMan Poo-Bah (2,027) Jul 12, 2009 Pennsylvania

    20 years
    Never had an infection (except for that one time)
    I am sensitive to *all* off-flavors
    None of my beers has ever had an 'off'-flavor.
    I have a 'very' sensitive palate for all off-flavors, just in case.
    I do not have cellar blindness.
    I have a very large egg whisk.*

    *I don't. And frankly, none of the other above facts are true for me either.
  9. wspscott

    wspscott Savant (910) May 25, 2006 Kentucky

    First batch in early 2007, so right about 8 years.
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  10. koopa

    koopa Initiate (0) Apr 20, 2008 New Jersey

    @ home: just over 4 years
    commercially: just over 1 year
  11. Brew_Betty

    Brew_Betty Initiate (0) Jan 5, 2015 Wisconsin

    Do you use glass marbles?
  12. LakesideBrewing

    LakesideBrewing Initiate (94) Dec 1, 2013 Massachusetts

    My first batch was 1992.
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  13. bluehende

    bluehende Poo-Bah (2,440) Dec 10, 2010 Delaware

    Just a babe 1 1/2 years.
  14. rocdoc1

    rocdoc1 Aspirant (295) Jan 13, 2006 New Mexico

    I started in 1992, and never went more than 2 or 3 months without brewing since then.
  15. skivtjerry

    skivtjerry Zealot (598) Mar 10, 2006 Vermont

    Since February of 1987.
  16. LuskusDelph

    LuskusDelph Initiate (0) May 1, 2008 New Jersey

    I started in July, 1971.
  17. hopfenunmaltz

    hopfenunmaltz Poo-Bah (1,901) Jun 8, 2005 Michigan

    Since October of 1992, but there was 1.5 years working in Germany that I call research, if you know what I mean.
  18. scurvy311

    scurvy311 Aspirant (248) Dec 3, 2005 Louisiana

  19. Buck89

    Buck89 Poo-Bah (3,218) Feb 7, 2015 Tennessee
    Society Trader

    I started 3 months ago. I SHOULD have started 20 years ago.
  20. Mag00n

    Mag00n Initiate (0) Nov 21, 2008 New York

    About 2.5-3yrs, but only in the last few months have I gotten more serious about it, loving it :slight_smile:
  21. knoxbeer

    knoxbeer Initiate (0) Jul 4, 2011 Tennessee

    About a year and a half. So I'm still new to it all. Hoping to catch up soon.
  22. MrOH

    MrOH Poo-Bah (1,991) Jul 5, 2010 Malta

    5.5 years
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  23. Beer_Baron123

    Beer_Baron123 Initiate (0) Apr 19, 2015 Canada (ON)

    I read and studied everything I possibly could about brewing for about 2 years before I started brewing. I actually started brewing in November, so about 6 months of hands on brewing.
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  24. Reneejane

    Reneejane Initiate (0) Jan 15, 2004 Illinois

    Since '02, but with a few months off in '04 due to moving.

    GUNSLINGER Initiate (0) Nov 18, 2013 Colorado

    This will be my 15th year brewing. Love it more and more with each brew.

    Beer mail me for an address to send my anniversary presents to!
  26. Smokebox_79

    Smokebox_79 Initiate (0) Jan 11, 2013 Pennsylvania

    2 years. And no plans of stopping. Just growing!
  27. OddNotion

    OddNotion Defender (600) Nov 1, 2009 New Jersey

    Just about 6 years for me
  28. mugs1789

    mugs1789 Initiate (81) Dec 6, 2005 Maryland

    On and off since 1993ish with years off in between then and now. I started brewing back when you had to brew your own in order to drink fancy styles like brown ales and IPAs. You kids these days...
  29. bostonwolf

    bostonwolf Initiate (127) Jan 20, 2015 Massachusetts

    Less than a year and only two batches in. Just picked up some new basic equipment (worth chiller, temperature controller, heating strip, spin plate) and will be re-doing # 2 (a Lagunitas IPA clone) to see if I can get closer to the mark this time.
  30. JrGtr

    JrGtr Devotee (471) Apr 13, 2006 Massachusetts

    I've been brewing for 7 or 8 years now, I think (don't remember exactly when I started....)
    Had some very successful batches, some not so successful, but no major infections or such.
    I haven't done much for a couple years with selling a couple houses, buying another, moving, and now prepping for a little addition to the family.
    I hope to get some new equipment soon and make a couple batches over the summer - I have a list of a good dozen that I want to do...
  31. billandsuz

    billandsuz Zealot (503) Sep 1, 2004 New York

    Yesterday was our 18th wedding anniversary. She bought me a kit as a wedding present. So 18 years of brewing.

    I told my wife I haven't been doing anything consistently for 18 years except brewing and her. Both are still just as fun and I try to learn something new each time.
  32. OntheLambic

    OntheLambic Aspirant (257) Jan 9, 2015 Connecticut

    Just a hair under 3 years here and I'll keep brewing until I no longer can.
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  33. PapaGoose03

    PapaGoose03 Poo-Bah (3,564) May 30, 2005 Michigan

    I started in 2001, and have brewed only 39 batches, all being extract with specialty grains.
  34. BumpkinBrewer

    BumpkinBrewer Disciple (321) Jan 6, 2010 Massachusetts

    Dabbled with no boil kits (The Beer Machine) in 2005. Started doing stove top 5 gal extract batches in 2009, went to full boils, then All grain shortly after. So I'll say 7 years and not include the The Beer Machine days (2 horrible batches).
  35. Lukass

    Lukass Meyvn (1,410) Dec 16, 2012 Ohio

    Goin' on 5 years now. Only had 1 infection so far in the bottle.. but plenty of other stupid mistakes that could have been easily avoided.
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  36. herrburgess

    herrburgess Meyvn (1,160) Nov 4, 2009 South Carolina

    4.5 years or so.
  37. Brew_Betty

    Brew_Betty Initiate (0) Jan 5, 2015 Wisconsin

    A very long time in dog years.
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  38. herrburgess

    herrburgess Meyvn (1,160) Nov 4, 2009 South Carolina

    You are also your own harshest critic. :wink:
  39. Tebuken

    Tebuken Initiate (0) Jun 6, 2009 Argentina

    Since 2008, more than 100 batches so far. The more I brew the more I realise I need more knowledge.
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  40. pweis909

    pweis909 Poo-Bah (1,964) Aug 13, 2005 Wisconsin

    So 20 years is not true?
    And you should get yourself a large egg whisk. I find large eggs more economical than medium ones.
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