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Old 02-07-2013, 07:45 PM   #11
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And I can count that it grew by at least 3 more than that.
We're up to 6 now!

Working on 2 of my neighbors as well, so hopefully we can add 2 more to that list.

I really have no numbers to add to any of this, other than the fact that in the area I live, I've actually noticed it with more shops opening up. And when I visit them, there are always multiple customers in them. 5 years ago, i wouldn't have known where to even start looking for homebrew stuff.
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Old 02-07-2013, 07:51 PM   #12
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I'd figure in times of financial stresses, homebrewing might grow. At least in countries/regions where taxation on alcohol is high.

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Old 02-07-2013, 10:02 PM   #13
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Didn't read all the responses but here is my take on it...

When I started racing it seemed to me everyone was racing.
When I started rockcrawling it seemed everyone was rockcrawling.
When I bought a house it seemed to me everyone was buying a house.
And so on...

Numbers show that at the time each of those things was true (strange coincidences), but part of it was involvement within those circles changed my perception as well and skewed it a bit.

There is a growing homebrew movement right now, but much like all the other things I involve myself in there will be the bandwagon brewers who give up after a couple years and the die hards will settle out like yeast.

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Old 02-07-2013, 10:07 PM   #14
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Bevmo is now selling beer kits..... It's a step in the right direction. Wouldn't it be awesome though if everyone brewed.... There would be TO MUCH good beer.... O wait, not possible.....

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Old 02-07-2013, 10:07 PM   #15
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When I started racing it seemed to me everyone was racing.
When I started rockcrawling it seemed everyone was rockcrawling.
When I bought a house it seemed to me everyone was buying a house.
And so on...

Numbers show that at the time each of those things was true (strange coincidences), but part of it was involvement within those circles changed my perception as well and skewed it a bit.
This is a good point... also, for the most part, it seems as though you have to seek out other homebrewers. It's not a very common thing (at least near me) in the public spotlight.

I feel like here in NY it's still a secret basement operation, probably to keep it from growing too rapidly. Although as Revvy mentioned, the Whole Foods here does have ingredients, and I do buy from them. However, I haven't once seen someone even look into the homebrew corner... I could probably sit on the floor without being disturbed.

So to the original question... it's hard to gauge, and probably varies significantly by region.
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Old 02-07-2013, 11:56 PM   #16
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Yeah I would certainly say so with how many members continue to join HBT

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Old 02-08-2013, 12:02 AM   #17
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Growing is an understatement. Homebrewing as an industry is growing faster than the craft beer segment. It is not only due to the rising popularity of good beer, but also people realizing that homemade tastes better more often than not in regards to food and drink.

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Old 02-08-2013, 01:12 AM   #18
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The best part,besides having better beer,is that homebrewing will have more weight at a political level. Then we can get many of of the archaic homebreweing laws/regulations changed.

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Old 02-08-2013, 11:40 AM   #19
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Hard to say for me, in Quebec, its permitted with any amounts of gallons (or most likely litres here) So I guess we are golden.

Can't buy beers at the gas station after 11pm though (only bars or restaurants)

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Old 02-08-2013, 12:06 PM   #20
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There were some stats from Britain in the latest issue of All About Beer and they quoted that while pub consumption and retail outlet beer sales had both fallen off upwards of 5% in England, the number of homebrewers / sales of homebrew product had gone up 46% in the last year. The stats were provided by some sort of retail alcohol sales governing board. That's a huge almost unbelievable increase.

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