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Old 02-08-2013, 12:25 PM   #21
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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)
In Ontario they can't buy alcoholic beverages anywhere but LCBOs and special Beer Stores and all of those usually all close before 9pm...

So the 11pm rule, I'm not even remotely annoyed with that law.... What's annoying me is the SAQ's monopoly on drinkable wine. They'd better not ever try to extend that to beers... Do you know you can't sell a beer higher than 12% in grocery stores in Quebec because then it's classified as high alcohol and it's SAQ's territory....? (not that I particularly like >12% beer...) ;-)
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Old 02-08-2013, 12:39 PM   #22
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Prices for grain and hops make it feel like demand is growing IMO. It's also clear that the corny keg market is not saturated as it once was. 20 for a corny used to be standard. Now, it makes me think,"hmmm did they store radioactive waste in these? There must be some reason they are so cheap."

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Old 02-08-2013, 12:57 PM   #23
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There were far less, "Got a Mr. Beer for Christmas, now what?" posts this year than we normally see.

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Old 02-08-2013, 01:07 PM   #24
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I figured with the drout & wild fires (including Australia),grain prices would go up. I noticed Cooper's cans have gone up from 16-18 bucks a can + change to 23-25 bucks a can. Especially any of them with the word "lager" in the title.
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I think the announcement of the White House recipes could have impacted the growth of homebrewing. People hear that the president is drinking home brew, they might want to try it. it would at least dispell the myth that all homebrew is something that only a hard core alcoholic would ever consider drinking...
the big reason I think though, is craft beer. people love the beer, but find they can make it themselves cheaper. the number of lhbs's also drives up the number of homebrewers. there's got to be people who would never have gone searching for the hobby, but they see a shop selling the stuff and get curious, next thing they know, they're in the kitchen putting wort into a plastic bucket and planning what to brew next....

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On my last craigslist search for kegs I noticed that there were 3 or 4 people looking for empty half barrel kegs. I assume these are people wanting keggles. Probably not newcomers but I think a small sign of growth. Though it could be they are just looking to build a smoker or grill out of them so what do I know?

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Hog,I do believe this is true to some extent,since the news made such a big deal about the pres brewin. Especially with some of momma's honey going into them. Gotta love that. Seeing a home brew shop,or more particularly,an HB isle in some grocery stores like in Cleveland would have some impact as well. Too bad Kmart stopped carrying Cooper's stuff. Would've made it easier to get their cans to use as a base in some of my recipes. And they were a bit cheaper too.
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the big reason I think though, is craft beer. people love the beer, but find they can make it themselves cheaper.
I think you've hit the nail on the head here. For me, craft brew is getting SO expensive that I don't really care to spend that much money on it when I can make five gallons and have it on tap in my home for way less. I guess as long as you don't monetize time & your equipment...
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