Give up? It's not like I have an end-goal here, I'm just making beer. I'm on batch 50 or something like that and would still say that everything I make is sub par. I'm my own worst critic, though... But every time I brew up a batch I learn something new, even if I did everything exactly the same.
+1 That sums it up for me too. I might brew 2 batches a year with a serious flaw (DMS, diacetyl, ect), the rest I enjoy and about a third of those I think are excelent. I've only ever dumped one batch and that was my first all grain, so I kept moving forward. Even though I may get discouraged after a bad batch, I have the BN Army to help me figure out the problem and give me hope to improve. I feel driven to brew beer at this point for reasons I don't even understand. I'm of german descent, so it may be in my DNA. When I hear bagpipes, the hair sticks up on the back of my neck and a tear comes to my eye, I think thats from my mothers side. I'm rambling now, sorry. Never give up. Brew strong!