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Old 06-25-2008, 04:50 PM   #1
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So if you could work in the beer industry would you knowing that you would have to make a lot less money? I am currently in the civil engineering field and I got to say I'm pretty sure it's not for me anymore. I have wanted to get into the beer industry for some time and now I'm thinking what the heck. I just applied at my LHBS in hopes of starting over but I'll have to make less than half what I make now and I'll loose all my benefits but I think I would be totally happy. The guy that is leaving is starting a brewery so I'm kind of thinking this job could be a springboard to become a brewer at some point.

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Old 06-25-2008, 04:50 PM   #2
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Maybe you should try some weekend shifts to see if you like it before you jump to any decisions.

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Thats a big pay cut. Sometimes, ok all the time, happyness can override money. It would be very hard for me to take 1/2 as much now just to be happy. I dont like my job, but I like all the stuff it allows me to buy.

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Depends on what your obligations are. I would be happy volunteering to dispense homebrew advice all day at Homebrewmart in San Diego while tasting beers all day, but that won't pay the bills or get my kids through college or pay for my brewhaus.

If I had a source of steady income equal to what I earn now, I could go work in a LHBS, but I would not work in a brewery as then it would be come work. I'd like to own one and come dabble in it, you know, do hop additions, turn some valves, take gravity readings, watch the hired help clean out the kettles & mash tuns, etc.

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if you can pay your bills and have enough left over each month to still brew and enjoy your life then I say go for it

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Depends on what your obligations are. I would be happy volunteering to dispense homebrew advice all day at Homebrewmart in San Diego while tasting beers all day, but that won't pay the bills or get my kids through college or pay for my brewhaus.
I swear when I am in Home Brew Mart I spend half of my time talking to new brewers. I love it. I would totally work there on weekends or even just give advice. I love my local home brew store.
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Oh, and in response to the actual topic: I am currently working on paying down my debt so I can go back to school to become a professional brewer. I've never wanted to do something more in my life and I know brewing would make me happy. If you can afford to do so, I say go for it.

Although, unless your home brew store has a brewery attached like mine, you might be better off looking into a job as a cellarman or something at a brewery. I think that's a much more suitable springboard job.

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Yeah actually it starts as a part time position that I can do on the weekends and still keep my other job then transitions into full time come fall. I'm fairly young, 26, and my wife and I have no kids as of yet and we carry no debt at this time so it seems to me to be a good time to do it. The pay cut is a really hard one but I watched my dad do a job he absolutely hated for 25 years and I told myself I would never do that.

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Oh, and in response to the actual topic: I am currently working on paying down my debt so I can go back to school to become a professional brewer. I've never wanted to do something more in my life and I know brewing would make me happy. If you can afford to do so, I say go for it.

Although, unless your home brew store has a brewery attached like mine, you might be better off looking into a job as a cellarman or something at a brewery. I think that's a much more suitable springboard job.
I've actually been talking to a friend about helping out with starting a brewery that has been down for some time. I figure that would be a side thing as I doubt it would pay much at this point but it would be a great way to learn. The job with the HBS would build a lot of contacts and I think this would be a good way to get in with someone eventually.
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I'm working as a pro now, but that doesn't mean I'm not still homebrewing. I'm going to see if I can homebrew at work as a way to develop new recipes.

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wow, tha more I drink, tha more cohernet you all are!
and stufffff.

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