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Old 05-16-2008, 06:44 PM   #1
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I understand that saying "extra beer" may sound quite silly. Most will say "Drink it, stupid!" But I'm thinking: 1 week to ferment, 2 weeks in the secondary, then minimum 2 weeks (usually 3) in the bottles. THEN you have to drink 2 cases worth of beer. I'm the only member of my household that drinks beer regularly. If I personally drank 2 a day, then I could down 2 cases in under a month, but I'd put on more than a few pounds doing that, and I occasionally like to drink something other than beer (gasp!) after a day at work, or I go out with friends and have store-bought stuff.

Taking into account that I don't need the bottles until three weeks after the boil, that's three weeks before I have 48 empty bottles again and I can start brewing another batch. Not taking into account lagers that need to condition for months on end.

Do you guys just buy more bottles (or kegs) and just keep stockpiling, do you not brew at very frequent intervals, or do you give a lot away to friends, family, etc?

Or maybe I just have a distorted view of how often you guys brew?

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Old 05-16-2008, 06:46 PM   #2
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I understand that saying "extra beer" may sound quite silly. Most will say "Drink it, stupid!" But I'm thinking: 1 week to ferment, 2 weeks in the secondary, then minimum 2 weeks (usually 3) in the bottles. THEN you have to drink 2 cases worth of beer. I'm the only member of my household that drinks beer regularly. If I personally drank 2 a day, then I could down 2 cases in under a month, but I'd put on more than a few pounds doing that, and I occasionally like to drink something other than beer (gasp!) after a day at work, or I go out with friends and have store-bought stuff.

Taking into account that I don't need the bottles until three weeks after the boil, that's three weeks before I have 48 empty bottles again and I can start brewing another batch. Not taking into account lagers that need to condition for months on end.

Do you guys just buy more bottles (or kegs) and just keep stockpiling, do you not brew at very frequent intervals, or do you give a lot away to friends, family, etc?

Or maybe I just have a distorted view of how often you guys brew?
I just have a truly massive backstock of bottles in addition to my 6 kegs and 8 carboys. I brew a lot, but always have a place for it. You need to either get more bottles, get into kegging, get more carboys, or all of the above. Brewing less is not an option.
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I live alone, and share some of my beer with friends, and families...But I brew at least once a month and I guess I stockpile. I have four different beers of my own in the fridge right now. And 2 beers in fermenters.

But you'd be suprised how quick 2 cases of good fresh beer goes, especially when you brewed it yourself.

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I just have a truly massive backstock of bottles in addition to my 6 kegs and 8 carboys. I brew a lot, but always have a place for it. You need to either get more bottles, get into kegging, get more carboys, or all of the above. Brewing less is not an option.
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Old 05-16-2008, 06:59 PM   #5
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I don't know how anyone finds the time to build up a backstock. I drink quite a bit I suppose (bier ist brot) but not that crazy and I go through a lot of beer. I brew 10g about once every month and a half. It would be more but money is tight right now so that is all I can afford.

Don't buy your bottles, just save the bottles whenever you have store bought. If you have returnable bottles in your area (we drink point special returnables in my neck of the woods) you can buy cases of empty returnables for $2 and you get a nice study cardboard box to boot. Keep brewing as fast as you can, you won't be sorry!

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I have a backstock, because with my schedule I can brew a massive amount in a week or two, then I won't be able to brew for a month or more. +1 on having lots of bottles/kegs/carboys so you can condition your beers propperly while being able to drink a small assortment.

I currently have capacity for 4 batches in bottles as well as 8 kegs. this way I can have bottles from a batch or two for extended conditioning, a batch or two bottled in the fridge of the occasional high alcohol sipper, 3 lighter every day drinkers or session beers on tap, and 4 kegs conditioning.

I am still looking for more bottles though....

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Everyone I've given my beer to has claimed they enjoyed it, so I give it away. For some reason, I only enjoy drinking my Belgian beers, since I'm too critical of my own product to drink a lot of it. Weird, yes, but I guess I prefer the process. Whenever I make something that I actually do enjoy, I usually just hold onto it and try not to drink all of it. From that stockpile, I usually only have one to three a month.

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You are in the same predicament I am in. I want to brew more, but I'm starting to build up a stash! Once I go AG, it will only get worse, as I'll be buying more bulk items and it will be cheaper. I always keep an eye out for someone who would like to drink my beer, and offer them some. Eventually, you will find people to drink your beer for you.

I've got three batches old enough to drink now, and I have my pick of 3 different beers. It's nice for the variety. American Pale Ale, Brown Ale, and Belgian Wit. They turned out so good that I often choose them over store bought, and I thought I'd never get there. Now to get my friends into good beer.

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I mostly keg, and I brew faster than I can drink it. I usually have 3 or 4 full carboys sitting around waiting for a tap to open up.

I do still have more than 10 cases of bottles sitting around from brews over the last year. We have people over fairly often so I have some help in taking care of the task of drinking it all.

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Make bread, boil bratwurst, water the plant, wash the dog, use as aftershave...

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