questionswhich tastes better, home brew or microbrew?

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pointless question, it's a matter of what each individual prefers. there are crappy micro brews and crappy homebrews.

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If you and your pals like to do it. Do it. Is whether it tastes better than what you can buy really the point ?
No. The point is to do something fun with your friends.

Go for it. Have fun. Enjoy.

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If you and your buddies like brewing then do it, stick with it and you might find you develop some recipes that are better than the locals you like now.

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There are people who get paid to do this; if they're not better at it than you guys are, then they're not doing their job.

At the same time, maybe you enjoy brewing and have a preference for something slightly more hoppy or fruity or.. whatever. In this case, you may be better off brewing your own.

For me personally, the small deviation of what's available from my 'perfect brew' is not worth my time and money spent getting the ingredients and going through the process. I've done it before, and enjoy spending my time drinking the brew after a quick run to the store than making said brew.

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Perhaps this is a rare instance where the expression "It's all good" is truly apropos, no? (Excuse me while I remove this stupid beret.)

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My friends and I like do homebrew, and we also fancy microbrew. And with @kamikazeken's comment; sometimes we suck, sometimes we make a masterpiece. In the end we still get drunk and eventually switch to Beast Ice. It's all good.

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I really think it depends on where you are located. I live in the Pacific Northwest, and we are absolutely spoiled by the amount of microbreweries. I honestly believe some of the best micros I've tasted come from here. However, I have some friends who love to brew at home, and some of those have been the tastier brews. Obviously it's subjective, but I do really enjoy and appreciate that home brewing allows you to manipulate what your brew tastes like, because you're controlling every ingredient. Cheers!

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Send me a case of your home brew and I'll let you know how nasty it is.

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@dows: Hit up 12 bar brewing near Woodinville. You will not be disappointed.

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There are benefits to homebrewing, like lack of shipping time and god-like control over what goes into your product and how long it ferments and conditions, but really it comes down to the quality, type, and ratio of materials that go into your beer. As others have said, there are very good microbrews and very good homebrews and conversely, shitty microbrews and shitty homebrews.

I homebrew because it's fun and it actually saves me money compared to buying microbrew beer, even more so since my brewing kit was a gift so there's no overhead. At first I was a little apprehensive to start my first brew, but it's roughly two months later and my fourth batch is fermenting behind me as I type this now. It's enjoyable and doable alone but even more fun when you've got a friend or relative there to throw back a few beers with and shoot the shit as you go through the process of making your wort.