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JGowls 10-01-2012 09:44 PM

Hobby or Job?
 
How many of you brew just as a hobby and how many of you do this for a career in a brewery? If you do it just as a hobby, would you ever want to take it another step and try and open up a brewery? I'm just a beginner and have a longggg way to go but I think it would be awesome to one day have my own small brewery...

Colorowdy 10-01-2012 10:40 PM

I would love ti brew for a living. I'm trying to convince SWMBO that it would be a good idea to open a supply shop where wr live.

duboman 10-01-2012 10:41 PM

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Originally Posted by JGowls
How many of you brew just as a hobby and how many of you do this for a career in a brewery? If you do it just as a hobby, would you ever want to take it another step and try and open up a brewery? I'm just a beginner and have a longggg way to go but I think it would be awesome to one day have my own small brewery...

Serious hobby:) planning on working part time for a fellow brew club friend going pro once up and running.

DrinkNoH2O 10-01-2012 10:43 PM

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Originally Posted by Colorowdy (Post 4460871)
I would love ti brew for a living. I'm trying to convince SWMBO that it would be a good idea to open a supply shop where wr live.

Brewing and running a LHBS are two totally different things. With the cheap shipping these days I don't see how it's possible to earn a decent living running a LHBS. Online retailers are where it's at.

tally350z 10-01-2012 10:43 PM

Hobby right now, but how to turn pro eventually. Just taking it one step at a time..

IffyG 10-01-2012 10:46 PM

Homebrewing is just a hobby for me. I fear that even considering it as a career would ruin it...

Subsailor 10-01-2012 10:57 PM

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Originally Posted by IffyG (Post 4460888)
Homebrewing is just a hobby for me. I fear that even considering it as a career would ruin it...

+1 this! I tried turning a previous hobby into a prefession and quickly lost the 'fun' factor. I made a profit and met my customer's needs but it just wasn't fun anymore.

I refuse to do that with any of my current hobbies.

chip82 10-01-2012 11:26 PM

I have noticed a few guys in the industry that I work with have lost the passion for homebrewing.

Yooper 10-01-2012 11:29 PM

Never more than a hobby!

I have other hobbies that I do for fun, too- like soapmaking. If I ever "had" to do it, it would be work. And I'd have to find another hobby.

I donate my soaps to organizations to sell, and give to friends but I will NOT sell them. Because then people want to buy them. That changes the whole thing.

Same with beer. I'm already retired from one job, and not looking for another. Brewing and winemaking I do for ME and my spouse and my friends. Never for anything else!

wkaidy 10-01-2012 11:49 PM

I started brewing when I was 19 I am 22 now and I have compleated an internship at my local micro and I just went back to school to study for a brewing education program. ask your local micro if you can help out. you could even get free yeast, PBW, grain and growlers if you ask nice


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