I like beer. I like drinking it, discovering it, and I just recently started brewing it. Needless to say, one of my common topics of conversation is beer (of course there are plenty more, and beer is not my go-to for sure).
When people say “yeah I like beer” in conversation and I mention that I brew my own, they ask “oh well how does that work?” What seems to happen at this point is that I start talking about the process in a simplified manner: steeping/mashing grains, boiling the resulting “sugar water”, adding hops and flavorings, cooling and adding yeast, and adding primary sugar and bottling - people tend to get annoyed. I guess they believe it should be some short process like making tea... but it’s not.
And when I fully explained the process to a person who seemed interested, it apparently spread around a new group of friends that I was a beer snob. I’m not sure how that happened other than being excited about explaining a hobby to a friend. Now if I talk about beer in any remote way, I’m referred to as a beer snob. This is patently untrue; I just like making it and if people are interested in how it’s made, discussing the process.
I can’t shake this persona of being a beer snob. I tried to explain brewing in the simplest terms possible (I can give an exact paragraph of the type of language I would use, if necessary). If I mention beer now, I’m just pretentious.
How do I convince people that I’m not a beer snob, and eliminate such assumptions about my character in the future?