Tags for this post: Hops, Growing, Propagation
It goes without saying that I love brewing. I find it to be such a versatile hobby - maybe you get your satisfaction from the creative aspect of recipe design. Maybe you are more interested in the scientific angles, what with the various chemical and metabolic concerns related to fermentation. Maybe you're a gearhead, and you get a sense of accomplishment from putting together the best/fanciest equipment for your brewery. Perhaps you are a dyed in the wool DIY enthusiast, and your enjoyment comes from designing and assembling your gear. Maybe you just happen to like beer.
I think that it's fair to say that, yes, a lot of factors enter into the motivations for brewing. That diversity is really enjoyable to me, as it seems that it helps to foster a healthy hobby for everyone; people coming at the same problems from so many angles seems to create a lot of valid approaches to (and solutions for) problems that we all encounter.
However, there is one major area that I find homebrewing to be sadly lacking in diversity - and that is in gender.
It's not like the historical precedent for female brewers isn't there. In ancient times, brewing was almost exclusively the domain of women. The same goes for medieval times; women handled the majority of brewing, as it was more of a household chore. Even in colonial America, women were typically responsible for domestic task of brewing for a home. In fact, the major impetus for the morphing of...
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Tags for this post: homebrewing, women, misogyny, hobby, brewing