There appear to be many incorrect perceptions floating around based on my last post that I would like to clarify:
- I am new to the business. I have been working in the brewing industry for 10 weeks. I am not claiming to be an expert; I’m not sure anyone can be. I was just sharing the process of becoming acquainted with a new industry to those who are interested in it from my perspective. Beer is fun, the people are wonderful, and I have been thrilled to enjoy this experience.
- I chose to try home brewing because I was informed that it was an invaluable undertaking. It was and I had fun trying it. I did not expect such a reaction to my first time -- I was under the impression that this was a skill I might develop. I was not writing a scientific dissertation on the process or trying to tell anyone else how to brew. I was not turning a mirror on the home brewing community, but rather myself. I acknowledged the fact that I did not know what I thought I knew. I was hoping for guidance.
- To say that Fordham and Dominion hates home brewers is entirely incorrect. Most of the people who work here are home brewers (even my brother is a home brewer). Many of our best beer recipes have come from an experiment that someone in the brewery made at home first. The process of home brewing is invaluable to our process.
- We encourage and engage home brewers every week when they come in for our tours. Wednesday nights at the brewery have unofficially become home brewers night, when the community comes to share the wonderful things that they have made. By far, the best beer I have ever had was a gingerbread ale made by one of the friends I have made at this event. I look forward to the ideas that are shared at these meet-ups more than anything.
- I am not a man.
I would invite you to stop by any time to share your home brewing ideas or to meet up with other home brewers. We have a small, 10-gallon system that we would be more than happy to show you and many beer samples we are happy to pour.
I look forward to trying to brew again. If anyone has any beginner recipes that I should try, please let me know! And, if you are still looking for something to get angry about me with, I highly recommend my brewery sex tape.