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Old 02-11-2012, 06:05 PM   #291
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Especially when you take into account that most people purchase beer in addition to what they brew. Hmmm... I smell b******t! Either people don't brew what they claim, or they're in serious denial. Or, a combination of both.
Last year I brewed 187 gallons. I dumped ten due to contamination. Of the other 177, I literally gave away (bro in-law's parties, b-day gifts, Christmas gifts) probably 85 gal, and had others drink (my parties, taking them to friends' houses, having people over to watch ball, etc) another 50. That left about 40-ish gallons for me & the wife. Not hard work at all! And by the fall, when I felt like I was starting to "get it"' I basically stopped buying commercial beers except at bars.

Last year for me was about grinding out volume while I learned what I was doing. Some of my beers were meh at best, but they were free and my bro in-law's friends are just out of college .

This year I'm looking to do competitions so I can get objective feedback. I want to make it into the 40s with my beers, so I can move forward with my plans for the future
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Old 02-11-2012, 10:39 PM   #292
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My mistake then, I see what you meant by minimal: the VERY minimal responses. Some definitely do seem strange to me in sense that brewing is pretty much pointless for them. But we all have different motivations. Hell, there's a guy on here who doesn't drink at all! He posts from time to time and says he gives all of it away but loves brewing.

I'm fairly consistent at 2-3 a night with maybe one day off a week, so its still easy to go through 5+ gallons a month on my own. The Super Bowl cleared one keg out for me and my painter is helping to clear the other now!
Brewing for me has nothing to do with the time or money i allocate towards the procedures or materials. For me, i enjoy drinking quality beers now and then and one way i can do that is by brewing my own.
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Old 02-12-2012, 12:34 AM   #293
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Last year I brewed 187 gallons. I dumped ten due to contamination. Of the other 177, I literally gave away (bro in-law's parties, b-day gifts, Christmas gifts) probably 85 gal, and had others drink (my parties, taking them to friends' houses, having people over to watch ball, etc) another 50. That left about 40-ish gallons for me & the wife. Not hard work at all! And by the fall, when I felt like I was starting to "get it"' I basically stopped buying commercial beers except at bars.

Last year for me was about grinding out volume while I learned what I was doing. Some of my beers were meh at best, but they were free and my bro in-law's friends are just out of college .

This year I'm looking to do competitions so I can get objective feedback. I want to make it into the 40s with my beers, so I can move forward with my plans for the future
Wow, well there's a situation that makes perfect sense then! I certainly don't have that kind of money; nor that amount of family beer drinkers; nor the time to brew that much beer. I only give away maybe one third of what I brew. If you notice my previous post besides the one quoted, I did mention the possibility that people were giving away lots of beer though.

However, I'm not sure many people are in the same boat as you (unless they are, in which case, I'm in the minority.) It's definitely not the 2 or 3 drinks a night that bewilders me since this is how much I drink and I brew about twice/month. If you look at many of the responses, they equate to a consumption rate of about one batch every two months. Compared to the How Many Gallons of Homebrew thread, the numbers just don't add up. Also, as I mentioned earlier, people buy beer aside from what they brew...

Look, I'm merely stating my opinion; nothing more. It just seems strange to me! Heck, I'm not the only one...
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Old 02-12-2012, 12:43 AM   #294
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DarthMalt,

I definitely see where you're coming from. I wasn't disagreeing with you so much, more like explaining my probably rare situation.

To be honest, I don't have the money to repeat last year. I'm trying to slow down and work on quality. Also, my bro in-law got stationed elsewhere, so I'm really cutting down on batch sizes to be more in the range you seem to be doing--maybe 2-3 times a month, just enough to keep me in beer and pass on a few to my friends.

Cheers!

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Old 02-12-2012, 12:57 AM   #295
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I plan to brew every week until I have two fermenters full and multiple batches bottle conditioned. A 5 gallon batch could last me as few as two Weeks all things considered, including having company share in it

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Old 02-12-2012, 01:04 AM   #296
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My opinion is similar to Darth and Nordeast.
Why does someone brew so much beer to give to others? I could understand that if you spent all your money on a sailboat, that you would want friends along, but what if you have a Harley?
Its probably just me, but I sure as hell don't take everyone out and buy all their drinks. Just sayin..

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Old 02-12-2012, 01:23 AM   #297
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2 pints is my avarge.. but i dont drink everynight

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Old 02-12-2012, 01:40 AM   #298
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Thanks for getting back on subject. Daily=2, Weekends=8, Wing's game=whatever is in the house, Wing's game+Overtime=whatever is in the house+beer run, Wing's game+Overtime+Shootout=whatever is in the house+beer run+anything else that contains alcohol.

What can I say, I am Irish and I like to brew my own beer.

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Old 02-12-2012, 01:50 AM   #299
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Thanks for getting back on subject. Daily=2, Weekends=8, Wing's game=whatever is in the house, Wing's game+Overtime=whatever is in the house+beer run, Wing's game+Overtime+Shootout=whatever is in the house+beer run+anything else that contains alcohol.

What can I say, I am Irish and I like to brew my own beer.

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NOT TRUE.... SWMBO....Lindsey.
My number=0, maybe 1 on a good day. Ryan hasn't brewed anything that I like yet.
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Old 02-12-2012, 01:53 AM   #300
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2 pints is my avarge.. but i dont drink everynight
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