I’ve said it before. I’ll likely say it again. But brewers are a funny crowd. The humor can be dark and sometimes dry. But, man, I love these people!
Take for instance this quote from Palmer’s How to Brew:
Many homebrewers get used bottles from restaurants and bars or buy them new from homebrew shops. Every once in a while you will hear about a guy whose dad or uncle has given him a couple of cases of empty sing-top Grolsch bottles. He may ask you if he can use them for brewing or something…If this happens, just look him straight in the eye and tell him, “No, those can be quite dangerous, let me dispose of them for you.” Be sure to keep a straight face and do your best to sound grim. If you don’t think you are up to it, give me a call and I will take care of it.
How To Brew (p.109)
Or this one:
Exposure to sunlight or fluorescent light will cause beer to develop a skunky character, which is the result of a photochemical reaction with hop compounds and sulfur compounds. Contrary to popular belief, this is not a character that Heineken, Grolsch, and Molsen strive for in their beer.
How to Brew (p. 115)
See what I mean?