Ha, yeah, they know what's up at work. I tend to get obsessed in new projects, and this is the latest. But in reading many posts around this forum, it sounds like home brewers tend to be the types to take on many hobbies and projects. I am finding many parallels to some other hobbies. I like things that can be tweaked and toyed with. While there are only a few variables, there are an infinite set of possibilities. I have said this before, in this one we have to wait a heck of a lot longer to see what happens though.
The difference here is that this is a process as old as history. There's something really cool in doing something others find mysterious. Heck, I thought it was darn'd near magical the first time I saw that someone I knew did it at home. You mean... I... can make beer?