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Cheesefood 12-08-2007 01:05 PM

Why become a paying member?
 
The HBT community is fantastic. I've been a member for 2.5 years and in that time I've gone from a noob to somewhat of an intelligent brewer. I've seen the same thing happen to a lot of people who came after me - they show up not knowing much and soon have all sorts of conversations on proper conversion temps, the pro's and con's of decoctions, and proper kegging techniques.

All of this is basically free.

So why become a paying member? Well, for one, there are member-only areas. In these areas, we organize brew-swaps, have contests, and sometimes post things like specials we've found that we want to limit exposure. There are fantasy sports leagues, beer-bets, and other member-only fun.

So if you've enjoyed being in the community and you'd like to experience the "full-monty" then consider shelling overa few bucks and becomming a supporting member of the community.

Silviakitty 12-08-2007 01:32 PM

Heh...already did.

I figured I was going to get at least $20 worth of saved brews and peace of mind ("Oh no! I [insert strange/bad thing here] my wort! Did I screw up??") from this site, so I considered it a bargain. ;)

rdwj 12-08-2007 01:36 PM

Very true. Recently, I went back and looked at my very first posts in 2006. It's amazing how much I've learned since then.

Not only that, but I've made new friends, both virtual and real world, who enjoy brewing as much as I do from being on this board. As enjoyable as brewing is, meeting up with others to brew takes it to a whole new level.

WortMonger 12-08-2007 01:41 PM

I second this...... This forum has honed my skills as a brewer and the little tricks and tips have made brew day much faster/better/more accurately repeatable. I understand how some would wait to see if it were worth it or not to join, but all you have to do is check out the other forums and see how many responses you get for a great question, or how fast you get a response if you get one at all. This is the only web forum I have ever paid money to join. Maybe we need to make more things members only, but that might deter more from not joining, I have no idea just that this site and it's Mod's are very up to date. I know, maybe have a really really great newbie section that really teases them into paying to get more knowledge. Like I said, don't know what can be done just that I want this to be the most talked about forum on brewing. I am about to do a advertisement in a way on my myspace and put some info for people to find this forum.

finchlake 12-08-2007 01:59 PM

The site is great. I bought several brewing books for around $20 each before I found this site. The information I get from this site are way more up to date than any book. I paid my membership to say Thank You for such a great site.

capcrnch 12-08-2007 03:02 PM

I did it for the decals ;)

Kidding. I did it because in my first week of reading, I took on a good amount of info and figured I would be here for a while, and that being the case, I should support the site.

Fingers 12-08-2007 03:10 PM

I figured it was the honest thing to do considering I was making full use of its resources and expected to for some time. I think I ponied up in a week or two after joining. It was shortly after Christmas but I wasn't one of those Christmas gift brewers; it was just a coincidence. Coming up on my one year anniversary. I strongly suspect there will be a renewal soon.

z987k 12-08-2007 03:15 PM

I plan to, honestly... as soon as I have some money that I don't spend on brewing or brewing gear :)

But seriously probably in jan.

Fingers 12-08-2007 03:18 PM

This IS spending on brewing gear....

Donasay 12-08-2007 03:24 PM

I also plan on doing it as well, I am just always a little strapped for cash. If I make it to 500 posts I'll feel pretty obligated to register, and considering I have only been posting here since september I don't think that 500 is to far off.


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