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Old 01-17-2013, 09:19 PM   #1
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Default Does brewing cause you to drink more beer?

A friend of mine who once did home brewing told me that my rate of consumption will increase with a surplus of homebrew laying around the house.

I am trying to establish my pipeline and need to take into account an increased consumption factor.

What do you think? 1.5x 2.0x 2.5x normal consumption?

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Old 01-17-2013, 09:21 PM   #2
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That varies by the person. How many do you think you drink in the average week?
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A lot less consumption for me. Brewing keeps me busy.

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My consumption hasn't noticably increased. I don't hoard the beer I brew for my own consumption....I give away pretty much 1/2 of what I brew. Most brewers I know are the same way.

Now, my tastes in beer has definitely gotten more pricey. I definitely spend a lot more $$$ on beer since I became a brewer.

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My consumption hasn't noticably increased. I don't hoard the beer I brew for my own consumption....I give away pretty much 1/2 of what I brew. Most brewers I know are the same way.

Now, my tastes in beer has definitely gotten more pricey. I definitely spend a lot more $$$ on beer since I became a brewer.
My thoughts exactly.

In all I actually probably drink less because my tastes are a bit more pricey/refined. I drink maybe 3-4 beers a week.
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Old 01-17-2013, 09:30 PM   #6
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I dont drink more, but I do enjoy what im drinking more. I like the feedback from others so I give a lot away.

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Old 01-17-2013, 09:31 PM   #7
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Agree - I drink less but a LOT more variety, and a LOT more expensive beers (when not drinking homebrew). Plus, most of the beer I drink now is 6+ abv so there is no need to swill down 12 crappy beers to cop that buzz

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My thoughts exactly.

In all I actually probably drink less because my tastes are a bit more pricey/refined. I drink maybe 3-4 beers a week.
I agree completely. Unless you are an alcoholic who cannot control himself in the presence of alcohol, you will probably not drink much more. The only way I see consumption increasing due to having a beer surplus around is if you routinely find yourself saying something like "I sure wish I could have a beer tonight, but I just don't have any here, and I don't want to go to the store"

Your personal self-control will dictate the amount that you drink, not the quantity of beer in your fridge/kegerator. I routinely have 2 or 3 bottles of different kinds of liquor sitting in my liquor cabinet, but I don't get sloshed on whiskey any more than I used to, either.
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Over a year I drink more, but not daily or weekly. I never drink more than one on an average day and perhaps (rarely) two or three on very special evenings. And I only consume about four or five nights a week. The only reason I drink more over a year is because I drink more regularly. When not brewing we would often go weeks with no beer or wine in the house. While brewing (since I do five gallon batches) we build up a surplus, so the house is rarely dry.

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I'm the type that used to not drink much because I was out of beer and didn't want to go buy it. If they sols beer at a reasonable price on Amazon, id have been much poorer.

Now that I have beer on tap, I drink about 2x as much, plus I have people over and we drink together more often.

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